Think Locally, Act Globally
From the New York Times:
The local food movement has been all about buying seasonal food from nearby farmers. Now, thanks to the Web, it is expanding to include far-away farmers too.
A new start-up, Foodzie, is an online farmers market where small, artisan food producers and growers can sell their products. Foodies in Florida, say, can order raw, handcrafted pepperjack cheese from Traver, Calif., or organic, fair-trade coffee truffles from Boulder, Colo.
What a great idea! And why not take it one step further? Farmers could band together and form large organizations–call them “corporations”–to grow and distribute mass quantities of food. Retail operations could be set up in every town; they would be sort of super farmers markets, or “supermarkets” for short. Soon everyone everywhere would be able to buy local food from all over the world!
Being one, I’m always willing to cut entrepreneurs – particularly the the ones who charge ahead and then look around to see who came with them – just a little bit more slack … still, this does border on the silly.
Of course silly can be great, especially if you remember to laugh.