Everyone who eats is a consumer! Consuming is simply the purchasing or eating of food. Food may be purchased directly from producers, retailers, institutions or restaurants. Purchases require access to markets, available resources to acquire food, and culturally appropriate options. Food may also be grown in containers, backyards, community gardens, or foraged from wild areas. Food that is not consumed goes into the waste stream to be either composted, buried in a landfill, or burned in an incinerator.
Farmer, Fabius, NY
People are right to want more transparency in the food system. And local is good. If we can do more to support products staying local, going into schools and such, that’s a good thing.