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On Superior Farmlands, Limited Appetite for Local Food | Lexicon of Food

On Superior Farmlands, Limited Appetite for Local Food

When Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband took jobs as soil scientists at the University of Illinois 13 years ago, they bought a farmhouse outside Champaign-Urbana, and set off on a bike ride. The glacier-smoothed land was flat as paper, so pedaling was a breeze. The corn and soybean fields seemed to stretch into eternity. But something felt off: in a 10-mile ride past dozens of farms, they spotted just one vegetable garden.

“It was kind of shocking, “Jarrell remembered. “All these farms with the best soils in the world and a great clim... Read more on Civil Eats