Those who know me, or who regularly read this column, know that food issues -- including local foods, food security, manipulated (GMO) foods and chemical-free foods -- are among my favored topics. Food issues affect our own health and safety, the economy of our local communities, as well as the planet's welfare.
Food was much more personal in past centuries. Today it's both a global and an industry issue. That makes it a very critical issue to me in every regard.
I'm not alone. The resurgence of local specialized food stores and farmers' markets highlights that many are concerned with the quality of our food. By "quality," I don't mean caviar from Russia; I mean finding the freshest and safest food available.
Local and organic are top qualifiers for veggies; local and grass-fed, pastured, free-range or fed organic feeds are important for meats. These premium local foods are not available in supermarkets. But many are readily available locally and seasonally, especially at farmer's markets and locally owned specialty shops.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.