June 17, 2005

Sustainable Food Without sounding like a cliche I love my city. I've lived in and loved other cities, also. However, San Francisco reflects who I am and what I value today. While there are certainly things that irk me and sometimes think I live in a large theme adult theme park. But I dig where I live--great ethnic diversity, a green city and a socially progressive agenda. It's a smart, savvy city. Recently, the Bay Area green group SustainLane, ranked 25 U.S. cities based on sustainability practices. San Francisco, Portland, Berkeley and Seattle took the top four spots (in that listed order). Each burg was examined and evaluated on 12 criteria, including air quality, transportation, green building, and land use. While the entire report is fascinating (if you are into the big overall picture of sustainability) I was naturally drawn to the food-related aspects of the report: "Another exciting trend is the national explosion of farmers markets, which according to the US Dept. of Agriculture grew at a clip of 106% from 1994 through 2004. Farmers markets generate $888 million in yearly revenue across the United States (USDA 2005 estimate), and work to bring the consumer in direct contact with those that grow their food. This trend quickens the movement to understanding the complex connections between our daily lifestyles and consumptive habits (the food we prepare and eat every day). As communities become more knowledgeable about sustainability issues, daily individual practices change, and this citizen engagement in turn helps cities move closer...


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