This question depends on how far in the past you are willing to look at and what part pf the country also. Before the industrial revolution, Americans in big cities have gotten their food in markets and was most likely local, as refrigeration technology did not take a hold until the later part of the 19th century. Americans living in the midwest or on farms during the same time periods were forced to either buy locally or grow their own food. As a result of mega-grocery markets and large discount stores, much of our produce grown in this country for the past 50 years has not been local- much of it comes from California or Florida. Currently, however, it is indeed becoming easier for Americans to purchase local food. Such things as famer’s markets are helping this process become easier as more and more Americans are recognizing the importance of buying local.
Local production and consumption is a great way to stimulate local economies, as well as be environmentally friendly by reducing emissions connected with transportation. It is becoming increasingly popular today, particularly in the food sector of the economy.
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