Uber-local food refers to food produced or grown within an urban area that travels an extremely small distance from production to consumption, usually no more than ten miles. The term was coined by the Berger Partnership in their “Productive Neighborhoods” publication, a 2011 case study of Seattle urban agriculture projects.
While not as well-known or organized as the local food movement, the uber-local food movement is gaining momentum as the farm-to-table trend becomes more popular and as business startups begin to fill this market niche. Proponents of the uber-local and local food movements tout the economic benefits of supporting uber-local food economies, the low or no carbon emissions required for transportation, and the community-building aspect of producers selling to consumers within their own city.
A key benefit of the uber-local food movement is the low cost of transportation of goods from the fields to the marketplace. This reduction of transportation costs makes it possible for a well-organized urban farmer to earn a living wage. The uber-local movement is also driven by new municipal laws that make it easier for small producers to market their goods. For example, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance in 2010 that allows urban farmers to sell food that is grown in residential lots.
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- O'Hara, Jeffery K. "Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems". Union of Concerned Scientists. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
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