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Since 1992, the United States has developed more than one million acres of high-quality farmland each year. To halt the ongoing loss of farmland, advocates and public officials have come together to protect farmland from development.

With more available farmland, eating fresh, locally grown food has become a great option. In fact, the local food movement has surged into the mainstream in recent years.

There are many reasons to eat locally grown foods:

  • Enjoy fresher, better tasting food
  • Invest in the local economy
  • Reduce transportation costs and use of fossil fuels
  • Create relationships with the farmers in your area; know how your food is grown

When consumers buy from a local farmer, they preserve their connection to the land and the natural systems that sustain us.

Read more about the issues driving the Local Farms and Food movement:

Fresh From the Farm

Looking for local food and farm news that is informative with a twist? Check out the latest edition of Farm Fresh News.

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Don’t miss our timely updates about AFT’s efforts to protect farmland, promote local food and encourage environmentally sound agricultural practices.

Local Flavors

If you’re looking to get “fresh” with your family's dinner, you won’t want to miss these fabulous recipes incorporating locally grown food into your meals.

AFT Multimedia Library

Check out our audio and video clips to learn more about what AFT is doing to preserve farmland and promote local food purchases.

 
American Farmland Trust