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B. Re-Discovering Farm-Fresh Food

Feenstra: Part of this whole thing which I love as a nutritionist is to teach people how to cook again.

Narrator: This is Science Today. Community supported agriculture is a kind of subscription farming, where a group of consumers pay a farmer up front for deliveries of fresh produce throughout the year. Food systems analyst Gail Feenstra of the University of California, Davis says one of the great things about CSAs is that they re-acquaint people with real, fresh food -- or perhaps teach them for the first time.

Feenstra: I think one of the main tragedies about our current agricultural system is that people have forgotten how to cook. We're used to just taking plastic bags out of the freezer, and put in the microwave, put in a pot of boiling water, and that separates you from the food. You don't know where it comes from, you don't know what the effects have been on the environment.

Narrator: Feenstra says kids who grow up with CSAs grow up with a taste for fresh produce.

Feenstra: But also a different understanding of eating and cooking and what food means, what's the meaning of it in your life.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Steve Tokar.