Quote of the Day

“…consumers who would like to be able to buy local fruits and vegetables not just at farmers’ markets, but also in the produce aisle of their supermarket, will be dismayed to learn that the federal government works deliberately and forcefully to prevent the local food movement from expanding. And the barriers that the United States Department of Agriculture has put in place will be extended when the farm bill that House and Senate negotiators are working on now goes into effect.”
–Organic farmer Jack Hedin, writing an Op-Ed piece in the NY Times, and explaining that a government subsidy for fields planted for corn and other staples is interfering with farmer branching out into highly marketable fruits and vegetables.