Common Questions About Agriculture – Answered!

Not necessarily. This may come as a surprise, but if you’re buying or eating locally grown food, it may not be food grown in your community. There is no set determination for the definition of locally grown. Locally grown products may have been grown at a local farm just up the road, in the same county as your farmers market or, possibly, even within the same state. However, in other cases, locally grown may come from 250, 400 or even 1000 miles away from the spot of sale. The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 defines locally grown as “being transported less than 400 miles, or from within the state in which it is produced.” But retailers, states, farmer’s markets and other organizations may use their own definition. Want to know where your food comes from? Read the label or ask your local grocer.