Farm to Table Movement

For decades now, there have been many individuals who take issue with the food service and grocery industry. Factory farming has had a variety of negative effects on the environment, and the treatment of the livestock in these places has been well publicized as being inhumane. The large grocery chains in America waste millions of tons of food annually that goes bad and unsold, and there are health concerns about the long term storage and chemical additives in the food. As more and more information concerning things like small farm economics and food safety became available to the public, a movement began to grow. Focusing on ensuring that their food is exclusively obtained directly from the primary source of the product, the Farm-to-Table movement is the result of decades of building change in the attitude towards food safety and traceability. One of the first and most well known farm-to-table restaurant is called Chez Panisse, located in Berkley, California. Founded by food activist and author Alice Waters, Chez Panisse is famous for developing a network among the local farms and dairies to purchase their food directly from the source. Food-to-table restaurants like this have become more and more popular since the early 2000s, turning into one of the most widespread fads in the restaurant industry. By cutting out middlemen and large national chains, the food-to-table movement takes money that would leave a local area forever and funnels it back into the community. There are of course many critics of the food-to-table …