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Coming Soon: A Restaurant Chain that Buys Local

Coming Soon: A Restaurant Chain that Buys Local

Locally grown food has been the signature of many big-city gourmet kitchens.  But don't get the impression that sustainable restaurant fare always comes at a premium. Restauranteur Tod Murphy wants to take his place, The Farmers Diner in Quechee, Vermont, and turn it into a chain of diners throughout suburban America.  Each location will be entirely supplied by mid-sized local farms. "Local good food shouldn't just be a rich person's item," he said. "It should be for everybody." 

October 11, 2007

Fair Trade Labels Look to Replicate Organic's Success

Fair Trade Labels Look to Replicate Organic's Success

The growing consumer demand for ethical products has a lot in common with the organic food boom of a decade ago, including the difficultly ethical consumers face in figuring out which products actually live up to their lofty expectations. But while it is extremely unlikely that a government agency is going to step in anytime soon to create a similar set of requirements for "ethical products," independent certifiers like TransFair USA are stepping in to fill the need.

October 9, 2007

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