It’s the country that turned its back on McDonald’s.
The fast food giant added the traditional llajwa sauce to its
classic patties, but still Bolivians weren’t conviced.
So after five years, McDonald’s closed its eight branches and left
the country in 2002.
Now a new documentary, “¿Por qué quebró McDonald’s en Bolivia?”,
explores why McDonald’s failed. Filmmaker Fernando Martinez focuses
on social and cultural aspects to explain the company’s lack of
success. “Culture beat a transnational, globalized world,” he said.
Last time some okravores (south Georgia locavores)
realized nobody else was going to hold a conference
about growing local in the characteristic soils and climate
and with the characteristic foods and culture of
south Georgia, so
okravores met in Tifton
and learned about everything from controling insect to which breeds of cows
produce the best organic milk.
you can make cheese in south Georgia
demonstrated preserving beautyberry and other jams and jellies,
along with many other interesting talks and demonstrations, and good food.
The South Georgia Growing Local Conference is back,
this time near Reidsville, in January.
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, 9-5
UGA’s Vidalia Onion & Vegetable Research Center, between Lyons &
Reidsville, Ga. & Red Earth Farm, Reidsville
Rodale Institute has been running a side-by-side comparison of organic
and chemical agriculture since 1981.
After an initial decline in yields during the first few years of
transition, the organic system soon rebounded to match or surpass the
conventional system. Over time, FST became a comparison between the long
term potential of the two systems.
And now comes evidence from the very heart of Big Ag: rural Iowa, where
Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture runs
the Long-Term Agroecological Research Experiment (LTAR), which began in
1998, which has just released its latest results.
At the LTAR fields in Adair County, the (LTAR) runs four fields: one
managed with the Midwest-standard two-year corn-soy rotation featuring
the full range of agrochemicals; and the other ones organically managed
with three different crop-rotation systems. The chart below records the
yield averages of all the systems, comparing them to the average yields
achieved by actual conventional growers in Adair County:
Norman Borlaug, instigator of the “green revolution”
of no-till and pesticides, when asked in 2000
whether organic agriculture could feed the world, said:
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And it’s not just about food, it’s about the local food chain and economy,
and “in that food chain you find relationships.”
Henderson said she wasn’t looking to start a business when she started
Indy Winter Farmers’ Market. Her efforts, she joked, were more about
making Indianapolis into a place she wanted to live.
But on that first day at 25th and Central, with people lined up outside
the door, she realized her goals were similar to those of many others in
the community. Her market and others like it, she explained, are about
more than food.
“It’s not just about the market,” she said. “We should be proud to be
Indiana, the Heartland, a farm state.”
Farmers markets are an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and
have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing
consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the
farm. Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown,
farm fresh produce, enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal
relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the
farmers who grows the produce. Direct marketing of farm products through
farmers markets continues to be an important sales outlet for agricultural
producers nationwide. As of mid-2010, there were 6,132 farmers markets
operating throughout the U.S. This is a 16 percent increase from 2009.
If 1 PPM glysophate can kill a human fetus within 12 hours,
where are the right-to-lifers on this?
this radio interview,
a farmer gives his view of Monsanto’s strategy and tactics
for infesting farmland and the food supply even more with
their poisons, after they already feed poisoned hay to cows
which concentrate it in their milk which is in children’s
milk and ice cream.
Let’s take a quick tally. 1) Locally grown food uses less fossil fuel getting to market, 2) fresh fruits and vegetables are healthier than packaged foods, and 3) buying locally grown food supports your local economy possibly keeping your would-be deadbeat friends employed.
My favorite reason to eat locally grown foods is the taste. Go to a farmers’ market and load up on freshly picked tomatoes, bite into a raw crisp green bean, take home some succulent zuccinni and eggplant to stir-fry – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more delicious meal.
Farmland is green space, even though most people don’t think of it that way. It is a significant contributor to environmental quality. As AFT states, “Farm and ranch lands provide food and cover for wildlife, help control flooding, protect wetlands and watersheds, and maintain air quality. They can absorb and filter wastewater and provide groundwater recharge. New energy crops even have the potential to replace fossil fuels.”
And there’s more:
Farmland provides fiscal stability to local governments and boosts the economy. It does this by contributing to a community’s infrastructure and helps a local economy through sales, job creation, and support services or businesses.
One of the most unique of these support services is tourism, or more specifically, agri-tourism. There are plenty of places that people visit to see rural scenery or to enjoy the food or drink of a specific region including the wineries in California’s Napa Valley, or popular farm stays like those found in Italy, and increasingly, here in the United States.
There are some plans afoot about agrotourism in Lowndes County.
Often a farmers’ market is the catalyst — not just because people find that they like local produce, but because they actually meet each other again. This is not sentiment talking; this is data. A team of sociologists recently followed shoppers around supermarkets and then farmers’ markets. You know the drill at the Stop’n‘Shop: you come in the automatic door, fall into a light fluorescent trance, visit the stations of the cross around the perimeter of the store, exit after a discussion of credit or debit, paper or plastic. But that’s not what happens at farmers’ markets. On average, the sociologists found, people were having ten times as many conversations per visit. They were starting to rebuild the withered network that we call a community. So it shouldn’t surprise us that farmers’ markets are the fastest-growing part of our food economy; they are simply the way that humans have always shopped, acquiring gossip and good cheer along with calories.
Local food isn’t just about food: it’s also about conversations and community.