By AMANDA VENDER

Illustration: Gary Martin
Illustration: Gary Martin

The average food product on our table travels 1,500 to 2,500 miles to get there, so it’s hard to know where it came from or how it was made. Food production is now a profitable business controlled by a handful of multinational corporations like ConAgra, Cargill and Monsanto. This means that much of the food we eat is produced for the lowest cost possible often at the expense of safety and the environment.

There is a growing movement of people who want to know where their food comes from and how it was produced. The sustainable agriculture movement supports producing food locally using methods that are safe and that don’t hurt the environment. To learn about how to find food in your area that is produced locally and sustainably, visit www.eatwellguide.org.