This Week in the Voice: Fresh from the farm
This week’s feature takes a look at food issues facing vendors in the District—problems such as the availability and affordability of locally-grown products. The piece also delves into community initiatives that work in cooperation with small farmers:
Dialogue surrounding the ethics of animal treatment and the impact food production has on the environment has increased, while stores such as Whole Foods, which embraces a moderately green identity, are increasingly in vogue. According to a study conducted by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, conventional food distribution uses 4 to 17 times more fuel and emits 5 to 17 more CO2 emissions than the local systems. In addition, according to the New Economics Foundation, a think tank based in London, local purchases “are twice as efficient in terms of keeping the local economy alive.”
Voices has a piece arguing that proponents of Michigan’s Proposal 2 ignore the context of affirmative action in history and encourages the Supreme Court to take such facts into consideration as they decide the case.