The growth of the good, local food movement has been a real bright spot in Connecticut for at least a decade. Vibrant farmers markets have been growing in number and lengthening their seasons. More Community Supported Agriculture farms (CSAs) connect consumers directly with farms and seasonal food. College and school farms and gardens are expanding and new farmers, young and old, are looking for a meaningful life producing our fundamental need.
We have a common interest in feeding ourselves and our communities with fresh, healthy, beautiful and safe produce. There is very little that has so many positive effects- economic, social, health, environmental, aesthetic- as the blossoming and vital local food movement.
But watch out: Here comes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to slow all that down, maybe even stop it, if the proposed rules are allowed to stand. We all have an interest in commenting on these rules.