The omnipresence of farmer’s markets these days goes proves to us economic optimists the power of the free market in changing something as basic as nutritional trends. As much as locally grown, sustainable produce, meats and dairy may cost a Saturday stroll through Union Square or the Hall of Records plaza in my hometown, small-scale agriculture is making a comeback.
But what about those who can’t afford it? Now that the benefits of eating local are widely recognized, is there a way to make sustainable agriculture available to everyone? What about the problem of food deserts, areas that are only serviced by fast-food chains and box stores. Even on my college student’s shoe-string budget I would justify buying organic apples over say, Mott’s applesauce, but will there ever be an economic incentive for local farmers to make their wares available to everyone, not just those already championing their cause?