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Is Local Food More Expensive?  - Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture — Iowa State University

This study analyzed the price of local food at farmers markets compared to produce at grocery stores. Findings found that farmers market produce was often slightly cheaper potentially conflicting with the notion that local food is only available to those who are willing to spend mo

Healthy Food, Local Food - The Contrary Farmer
This is John Ikerd’s article about organic foods, the industrial food system, and why local food can be healthy. In this in-depth article, Ikerd discusses the history of local food and the potential health benefits of consuming locally.

2013 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce -Environmental Working Group
This guide helps consumers determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues. They also present the Clean Fifteen fruits and veggies that are relatively lower in or free of pesticides.

How Can I Wash Pesticides from Fruit and Veggies? (PDF) - National Pesticide Information Center
This fact sheet provides information about how best to remove pesticides from fruits and veggies.

Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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