You can make it cheaper by making more locally grown food. Right now there are huge government subsidies that support the agriculture sector artificially deflating the price of food. That money is going to large corporate farm coalitions, not to small local farms. If the price of transportation was reflected more in the price of food from the large farms, then the local farms would probably be priced very similarly. Also, the more people buy local food then the lower the prices can get when wages are guarenteed to the small farms.
You could also plant your own garden! This would provide a cheap, rewarding supply of locally grown food. If you have a surplus of food, herbs, or fruits, donate them to a food bank, set up your own farm stand, or participate in your local farmer’s market.
One question to consider is do we actually want food, including locally grown food, to be cheaper? The desire for cheap food is one of the forces that has pushed the U.S. and the world towards such destructive agricultural practices–the production of the food at the lowest short-term cost possible. In order for farmers to actually be able to steward the land, to be able to take the time to build topsoil rather than deplete it, it has to be financially viable. In order for farming to be financially viable, we the consumers have to value the products produced (e.g. food), and we do that through how much we are willing to pay for it. One of the best ways to increase the amount of locally grown food is to actually increase the value of the food so that farmers can reliably support themselves through their work.
This is not to suggest that fresh food should be something that only people of a certain economic class have a right to have. Indeed, fresh food is a right for everyone, but I am not convinced that the best way to make that possible and steward the earth in the process is to make food cheaper.
Along with starting your own garden, another great and cheap option is to join a community garden. Community Garden plots are growing in many urban areas and provide a space for members of the public to grow their own food. Many of the plots also require that all crops be organic and that any food waste be contributed to a community compost. The plots usually do charge a monthly fee for water, but it is minimal and well worth it in terms of product received in exchange.
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