Working Towards Making Food More Affordable


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A local two-day conference is focusing on healthy food and local farms.

To make food more affordable, Katrina Didot, who owns A Bowl of Good, said the key is producing more local food.

Her restaurant catered the conference, and one of its dishes, the Red, White and Moo, which is chili with local beef, costs $7.81.

A Whopper combo meal with fries and a drink is actually more, $8.37.

A Bowl of Good's goal is to provide local food that people can afford.

"I'd say you're right, it can be pricey I also think that it can work. A lot of it with local food is relationships so it's having a relationship with the producer," said Katrina Didot, the owner of A Bowl of Good.

One way grocery stores can make food more affordable is to cut down on waste.

Philip Ackerman-Leist, the director of Green Mountain College's college food and farm project, says 40 percent of food is wasted.

One program in Vermont that was featured at the conference actually freezes extra local crops, getting them from farmers and then donating them to people in need.

So by decreasing our waste, we may be able to lower our food cost.


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