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Online marketplace set to launch local food vendors into the mainstream

As the tech world rushes to fill the local food space, a team of industry veterans has launched Good Eggs, a site to help small vendors scale up.

Mapping the government’s local food work as a way to keep it alive

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is more than just a window into the government's local food work. It's also an effort to ensure that work continues.

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Small-scale grains: Another piece of the locavore puzzle

Most small farmers can't compete with the efficiency of industrial grain production, but a growing number are now offering heritage and landrace varieties in their local areas.

Community-supported agriculture: Grist readers stand up for local food

Want to know why the local food movement matters to so many? Take a look at these articulate responses to our recent interview with the authors of the "Locavore's Dilemma."

Local haterade: Authors say locavores do more harm than good

In their book, "The Locavore's Dilemma," Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu argue that a widespread embrace of local food could have "disastrous effects." We wanted to know more.

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Pushing for local food in the farm bill: An interview with Chellie Pingree

Rep. Chellie Pingree introduced the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act to make sure small-scale agriculture doesn't get left out of this year's farm bill.

With the ‘McItaly,’ did McDonald’s truly go local?

By sourcing local toppings for its burgers in Italy, the multinational might have taken a small step in a sustainable direction. Or not, says Slow Food.

Blame it all on my roots: Local food sees a resurgence in the South

A growing cadre of farmers, chefs, activists, and consumers is moving Alabama back to its rich and sustainable agricultural heritage.