Food Miles: How Far Does Your Food Travel?
Chicken nuggets have become an American favorite with adults and children alike. Tyson Foods, Cargill Meat Solutions, and Perdue Farms are responsible for half the chicken production in the United States, primarily using contract farming. In 2007, Georgia alone produced 204,868,242 million chickens.1 It stands to reason, then, that if you’re in Georgia—say, in one of its top chicken producing counties, Franklin—you would expect that the chicken nuggets you eat there would be locally sourced.…
The warmer weather and the blossoming flowers signal the impending return of farmer’s markets—the summertime weekly gatherings where local farmers sell fruit, vegetables, and, often, meat, cheese, and baked goods, directly to consumers. In 1994 there were 1,755 famer’s markets and in 2014 there were 8,284 according to the USDA. The number of farmer’s markets in the United States is steadily climbing, along with their collective impact on communities across the country. More than just…