What defines local when it comes to food?  We’ve heard many different definitions from a wide variety of sources.  Some say 250 miles, others say the main ingredient needs to be produced in North Carolina and others would like the product to be produced in North Carolina with no regard as to where the ingredients originate.

From www.slowfood.com local economy – An economic system that encourages the purchasing of locally produced goods and services over those produced further away. A new idea of ‘local economies’ based on food, agriculture, tradition and culture underlies the Slow Food philosophy as we believe the micro-economies of local communities have the potential to work in a way that is financially rewarding and respectful of surrounding ecosystems, human health and cultures.

From Wikipedia.com- Local food or the local food movement is a “collaborative effort to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies – one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution, and consumption is integrated to enhance the economic, environmental and social health of a particular place.”[1] It is part of the concept of local purchasing and local economies; a preference to buy locally produced goods and services rather than those produced by corporatized institutions.

It is not solely a geographical concept. A United States Department of Agriculture publication explains local food as “related to the distance between food producers and consumers,” as well as “defined in terms of social and supply chain characteristics.”

Whatever your definition of “local” may be, at Cornucopia Cheese and Specialty Foods we have the widest selection of “local” products.  From grains to cheese and chutney we are your source for these products.  Ask your sales rep how we can fulfill your needs. 

Links:

http://www.slowfood.com/

http://www.ncsu.edu/project/nc10percent/index.php