At the end of World War II, Mainers relied primarily on local sources for food,
At the end of World War II, Mainers relied primarily on local sources for food, but now 80 percent of the state's food is from away. As the state's food dollars have flowed westward, southward and abroad, many local farms have failed, and much of Maine's working landscape has been subdivided. Around 3,300 farms are lost annually in the Northeast, and the number of farms in Maine declined from 4,254 in 1950 to 600 in 1996. There is a movement afoot in Maine to promote eating locally and reverse our reliance on food from away, and in the process support local agriculture and rebuild community. Details, facts on Maine agriculture, commentary by Russell Libby of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, interview with Maine Deparment of Agriculture Commissioner Ed McLaughlin, related article.
Schalit, Naomi, "At the end of World War II, Mainers relied primarily on local sources for food," (1996). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 1785.
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