foodshed: market forces

More thoughts on Foodshed:
I am following the discussion on the concept of self sustainability and
reliance (to the possible extent) on the locally grown food.  It is
a great idea and can have a positive impact on small farmers of many
regions of this country, who are at present unable to compete with 
large farmers for a competetive price.

I feel that the feasibility of foodshed may greatly depend
 a) price of a commodity
 b) quality of a commodity
If locally grown food becomes competitive in price and quality then
there is a greater potential for foodshed concept.


Jay Daliparthy

Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences
University of Massachusetts
Amherst MA