While here in New Zealand I do my best to eat locally. Some people think the food here is expensive. Frankly I think its just the cost of food. I love that I can buy canned tomatoes that were grown and packaged in New Zealand. Yes the climate here is much more conducive to a year round supply of fresh vegetables. SO many people here grow their own herbs and have their own gardens, they grow different things during the winter than the summer so there is seasonal eating here too.
I have a friend living in England right now, she sent me some photos below of produce. Each bag of potatoes and each broccoli has the name of the farmer that grew it. My local eating, healthy eating, take responsibility for your food side went absolutely NUTSO on this!
If they can do it there... why can't we do it everywhere (Canada, Ontario, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto) We try to have "local" branding, but what if we just said screw it and put the farmer's name on it. Then you would at least be able to see it is local, and heck you could call the guy/girl up and ask some questions if you felt so inclined. Just like that study where people were more likely to shock and injure other participants if they didn't see them. The same applies here, if the farmers name is on it, we as farmers are more likely to hold ourselves to a higher standard knowing our neighbours are going to eat it. I think only good can come from this!
AAAND see below for some cute black kitten action ... I do miss him!! (and I would not have described myself as a cat person, but in a barn, atop a cow is where a cat should be!)