The Cause

While Americans are increasingly interested in fresh, locally grown foods, more and more American farms are being lost each year.

Virginia in recent years has lost on average 104,000 acres of farmland annually. Farmland that gets developed is rarely ever used for agriculture again.

Agriculture and forestry make up the state’s oldest industry, and every job created in that sector results in another 1.5 jobs in others. So a loss of farmland represents much more than a loss of food sources.

When those farms are gone, where will we get our food? What if all the foods your family enjoys were available only from foreign countries?

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