Re: Foodsheds (again) (fwd)
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 95 10:36:15 EDT
Subject: Foodsheds (again)
The characteristic of a watershed (American usage) that makes it precisely
definable and useful is that not only does a particular body of water always
receive its water from a particular area, but also the reverse: that the
water running off from a particular place always follows the same course
(i.e., the line of steepest descent) and always ends up in the same body of
water. Is that supposed to apply to a "foodshed" too? That is, must a given
farmer always sell everything through a single channel, to be consumed in a
single place? If a farmer produces both wheat and vegetables, and sells the
vegetables in a local farmers' market, must the wheat be sold there too? A
stream of water doesn't split and go to two places. Unless we want to impose
the same restriction on where farmers sell, maybe we need a "wheatshed," a
"vegetableshed," and so on (maybe even a "Not-otherwise-Classified-shed."
And if the farmer also raises cows, would they be sold in the cowshed?