Have you ever seen one of those “Buy Local” stickers on a car or restaurant window? Have you thought about what that slogan really means? Most people like the idea in concept, but when it comes to buying food locally, it can be easier said than done in some parts of the state. In fact, food today, on average, travels more than 1500 miles before it arrives on our dinner tables.
North Carolina could be a leader in the local food movement, but we’re not. That’s why the Center for Integrating Research and Action at UNC Chapel Hill is sponsoring a conference this weekend on the challenge of making local food available all across our state. Deborah Webb, executive director of the Community Farm Alliance (CFA) based in Frankfort, Kentucky, is keynoting the conference - and will be live-blogging with us Friday morning from 9 to 10:30.
A lawyer by training, Deborah has worked with the CFA since 1986. In 2000, CFA was instrumental in fashioning legislation to allocated $1.7 billion in tobacco settlement funds for the purpose of transitioning Kentucky’s tobacco dependent communities.
If Kentucky can do this in a big way, North Carolina should be able to as well. Which is why I've invited Deborah to join us for your questions and comments on Friday.
Hope you can come.