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Posted 7/15/2010 10:05:57 AM
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The term "local" or "locally grown" varies from person to person. For some, 100 miles is the max "local food" should travel while the 2008 Farm Act defines local as 400 miles or within state limits.

What does the term local mean to you? We want to hear your thoughts!
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Posted 7/15/2010 8:46:37 PM
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to me local is within my own comfortable driving distances. if i wouldn't want to drive that far to retrieve whatever it is, i don't concider it local.

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Posted 9/23/2010 10:12:14 AM
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I consider local to be found within the state I live in.  If I live in MN, the food comes from MN.  If I live in ND, the food comes from ND. so on and so forth.

makes it tricky on bananas and oranges. though.

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Posted 10/18/2010 2:04:33 PM
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When it comes to honey and plant pollens, most of the beekeeping industry considers a 50 mile radius to be local and within 5 miles is "immediate" area.

This is mostly due to how the wind carries plant pollens in the geographic area and the reach of those pollens given their various weights and densities.

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Posted 11/24/2010 10:38:25 PM


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Wow, 400 miles is still local? That's half way across Europe for me...

Local for me would preferably be within bicycle distance (about 10 miles). Unfortunately most farmers around here grow for export.

So, for groceries I can't be too picky about where the produce comes from. Most produce I buy is from within Europe. For some exotic fruits, vegetables or herbs I'll make exeptions. But I would never buy 'fresh' snap beans from Kenia, because they also grow well where I live, and I rather buy them locally or grow them myself.
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Posted 12/9/2010 8:14:59 PM
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Bettie,
400 miles is almost across a state in the Midwest. Americans have a totally different view of scale than most Europeans. we also don't have the population density.

But then, we also would have our eyes bug out in amazement at getting produce from Kenya.


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