The whole Slow Food, or local food movement, has at its heart the economies of the communities and regions in which that food is produced. While sustainable agriculture is good for the land, it is also inseparable from the abilities of communities to support themselves. And that's why Tuesday's Wisconsin Local Food Expo here in Madison is so important.
This second Expo brings food producers, buyers and sellers together to streamline the process, create markets and strengthen the local food economy. It shortens the distribution train, gets fresh, healthy foods to the table faster, and supports local farm families.
There are a number of partners in the Expo, but it wouldn't happen without Dane County making it a priority. We support that priority and only hope to see it grow as part of the Thrive regional economic development plan.