Biotechnology has shifted into the arena of science invention, as scientists actually desire to come up with life-forms and put them up for sale. It is important that regulation has to be imposed on the biotechnology industry in order to reform the current dysfunctional food system.The good-food movement often overlooks these structural flaws, and often focuses on developing an alternative model from scratch which will eventually go beyond the dysfunctional food system. However, such an approach brings about the question of how many and whom? A close study at the current local food statistics illustrates this point. A study done by the United States Agriculture Economic Research Service Department in 2011 shows that, “Despite increased production and consumer interest, locally grown food accounts for a small segment of U. For local foods production to continue to grow, marketing channels and supply chain infrastructure must deepen.” (Low and Vogel).This study discovered that the degree of direct marketing to end users is common in the West Coast, Northeast, as well as some built-up areas outside the scope of these regions. Direct selling of food that is made locally at CSAs and farmers’ markets, together with the sales of local food to restaurants and grocery stores generated 4.8 billion United States dollars in sales in the year 2008. Such a figure is insignificant compared to the trillions of dollars in total sales from the convenience stores, restaurants, food service companies and grocery stores. As per the USDA, only five percent of the farms which sell into the neighboring food marketplace are expansive farms (having over 250,000 dollars in yearly sales). However, these farms distributed 93% of the local food materials in restaurants and supermarkets. 81 percent of farms which sell local food are minute, with less than fifty thousand dollars in yearly sales. 14 percent of farms involved in the sale of local foods are of medium-size, having close to 50,000nto 250,000 in total sales annually (Low and Vogel). The medium and small sized farms sell about three quarters of local food directly to the end user (Both farmers and CSAs’ markets). However, they sell only seven percent of local food stuffs in restaurants and supermarkets. In as much as the large farms totaling 5,300 averaged 772,000 dollars in the
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