For an expert opinion we have to turn to newspaper reporters:
Local food movement still gaining momentumWe go to the local farmers market because we are concerned about the American food system's reliability?
By Lindsey Nair, Roanoke Times
Many Southwest Virginia markets are bustling, and the number of markets statewide has almost doubled within the past five years, from 88 to 174, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Forty new markets sprang up between last summer and this summer alone.
Farmers, market managers and agriculture officials attribute the boom to a growing public concern over the safety and reliability of the American food system. They say consumers are clamoring for fresh produce, dairy, meats and other goods produced locally with environmental safety and human health in mind. The recently released documentary "Food, Inc." -- about the ills of America's corporate-controlled food industry -- has only fueled the momentum. [link]
Hmm. And here I thought Paula and I go to the Bland County Farmers Market to get our fresh corn, tomatoes, and green peppers because we want fresh corn, tomatoes, and green peppers.
Guess that's why we have experts.