We cannot stress enough how important it is to support small businesses and local agriculture. The more money we spend on local food, the more money we circulate in the local economy; an action that consequently supports everyone, not just major players in the food industry. Currently, we are seeing major consolidation in the farming sector. Since 1996 the number of commercial farming units has dropped from just above 60 thousand to less than 40 thousand by 2007. This results in loss of jobs, promotion of production and consumption of unhealthy processed foods, and an uneven distribution of wealth.
To learn more about the economics of agriculture and the dangers our society will face if we don't start supporting small farms and local businesses, click here.