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How can we make locally-grown foods more convenient for city dwellers? By bringing them closer to where they live and work. Utilizing empty storefronts and other empty commercial real estate, city-mediated programs can allow local growers to set up t

How can we make locally-grown foods more convenient for city dwellers? By bringing them closer to where they live and work. Utilizing empty storefronts and other empty commercial real estate, city-mediated programs can allow local growers to set up t

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alfredo commented on A celebration of imperfection

Just to add to the potential of this idea for waste reduction, supermarkets like Whole Foods always set up their shelving and displays with 2 extra items of whatever they are trying to sell as shoppers are less likely to pick up the last two items, as we tend to see them as the rejects or the defective ones

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alfredo commented on (UPDATED) 'I am not from far away' label

Ben, there's something powerful about your idea.
In reading your comments to @JB Reed, the Queensland government can just mandate locally produced foods to be labelled as so (I enjoyed your logo concept) as first goal, that might not be as hard to implement as mandating a tax. I think the simple awareness that certain foods are produced locally, and proudly so, can have a significant impact in people buying them in the local supermarket. I think this in and of itself can have a significant impact.
When it comes to taxing foods from far away this can get complicated very easily, as there are many players involved, and could be a much tougher sell to the Queensland government (as you pointed out yourself).

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alfredo commented on M'Eat-Ups

Great and simple idea! Yes! I like the idea of being able to "taste the difference" as you say Sarah, perhaps like a side-by-side comparison of locally produced foods vs. industrial farm foods (advertisers in the 90s were all over it).
I think the Queensland Government can start the program and give incentives (maybe supply the local foods for free or pay $$) to local restaurants and catering companies that already have the delivery system, infrastructure and customers in place to 'push' for these tastings. Or maybe they can start the event themselves, make them really funky and cool (and media-covered), and hopefully it can spread a movement of people doing their own local tastings.