Op-Ed: To Recruit a New Generation of Farmers, We’ve Got to Get the Story Right
The National Young Farmers Coalition wants to set straight the economic facts of local food production.
By Lindsey Lusher Shute, April 16, 2013
In the past year, the mainstream media featured more than a few stories critiquing America’s local and organic foods movement. The New York Times and others swallowed the findings of a Stanford study debating the value of organic foods hook, line and sinker; Time and Dr. Oz declared, “Organic food is great, it’s just not very democratic”; and NPR recently reported that growing local food doesn’t pay.
Vigorous debate is good, but these stories seemed more about selling clicks and papers than getting the facts straight. And that’s bad news for a nation that’s in need of a new generation of young people to provide it with healthy food.
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