Here are two Letters to the Editor at the Intelligencer that were published this week.
The first is from Ryne Middleton, of Chalfont.
It is great to see the number of successful local farms in our area. It seems that each of these farms operates in a very ethical and professional manner.
However, this cannot be said for many farms in other areas of the country. Factory farms are becoming a real issue in America, and they're not only hurting the smaller farmers. In addition, these large farms are hurting the animals, the environment and even local communities. The factory farms seem to look for only one thing and that is profit. They do not take into account the damage they are doing and only care about being as efficient as possible.
With that said, factory farms remain the chief source of food production in our country. Why do we as citizens continue to support these businesses that look out only for themselves? They are no longer operating in an ethical fashion. This issue has gone on long enough, and it is time to finally make a change.
Smaller-scale farms do not have the resources a big factory farm has. This is why it is crucial that we as citizens assist them in their time of need. We need to applaud and support the small farms that practice sustainable agriculture and support our local communities.
I believe a lot of people feel the same way but have not taken action for whatever reason. As a community, let's start taking action and make sure agriculture is once again being practiced the way it should be: ethically.
The second from us at the Doylestown Food Market.
Ryne Middleton’s letter to the editor about supporting local farms was spot on! We are fortunate to live in an area that still has many farms, both in Bucks and in the immediate surrounding counties. By supporting our local farms, we get fresher, better food, make our local economy more robust, and help prevent farms from being sold to developers.
Our local farms are much more likely than industrial agriculture farms to use sustainable agriculture techniques, minimize the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and raise livestock in pastures while avoiding added hormones and antibiotics. All this means cleaner, more nutritious food without additives that can cause health problems and without runoff and waste that hurts the environment. And guess what, it tastes better and has more nutrients too!
There is an effective and easy way to support our area farms. Shop at the Doylestown Food Market! We are a grocery store that primarily sources from local farms and producers, with 103 active farms and producers that currently supply us. We emphasize local, healthy foods that come from within a 100 mile radius, with much of it coming within 35 miles. We will tell you what farms raised the produce, meat, dairy and eggs that we sell, and how these things were raised. You won’t find that emphasis on local products and healthy eating at any other store in the region!
We are proud to say that in a little under three years, we have sold more than $750,000 in local products! Support our Market, your local farms, and your local economy! Everyone is welcome at the Doylestown Food Market!
Board Member, President
Doylestown Food Market
Support your local farmers and the Doylestown Food Market!