New England Turns To Local Food To Sustain Its Future

Jill Ettinger | Organic Authority | April 28, 2014

The Year: 2060. The location: New England. The menu: At least 50 percent local food.

This isn’t the setting for a movie. It’s the vision for the cluster of states known as New England. By 2060, states including Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Massachusetts could be sourcing half of their food from within the region.

“Advocates for local food and agriculture believe the region should be known for its sustainable food system as well—and that New Englanders fill their tables mostly from the bounty of its fields and waters,” reports Steve Holt for TakePart.

To make this dream a reality for New England, several environmental and agriculture organizations including Conservation Law Foundation, American Farmland Trust, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group have issued a report, “New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System”. [...]