But that growth comes with some challenges too.
Greenhouses could make local fruits and vegetables more available year-round, but they’re energy intense. In the Midwest, some growers tap into the Earth’s internal heat to warm the structures.
Many small meat producers have a hard time getting their animals processed. A group of farmers and local food advocates is trying to help by pushing for changes to federal meat inspection law.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says local food is growing quickly from a niche market into something that’s generating significant income for communities across the country.
Teenagers from across the state were in Juneau this week, pushing lawmakers to adopt legislation that promotes local food production and provides better food security for Alaskans. The Alaska Youth for Environmental Action also handed out the group’s annual “Legislators of the Year” awards Thursday at a barbecue across the street from the Capitol building.…
Less than 5 percent of food consumed in Alaska is harvested in the state, according to a 2007 study by the United States Department of Agriculture.