Narrator: This is Science Today.
Gail Feenstra, a food systems expert at the University
of California, Davis, is promoting the concept of
CSAs -- community supported agriculture. It's actually
a form of subscription farming, where a group of
consumers pay a farmer up front for weekly deliveries
of produce. Consumers get a reliable source of fresh
food, and farmers get ready cash.
Feenstra: It's set up so that both consumers and farmers are taking the risk, and they both benefit from the bounty of the arrangement.
Narrator: Besides giving farmers a measure of financial security, Feensta says that CSAs give city folks a better sense of where their food is coming from.
Feenstra: Its an opportunity for consumers to get to know who's growing their food and for farmers to get to know who they're selling it to, so it's a direct marketing arrangement that really brings both parties closer to each other.
Narrator: More than that, says Feenstra, CSAs re-establish a sense of community. For Science Today, I'm Steve Tokar.