Under Obbink's direction, PPS has embarked on a vigorous effort to “buy local.” Under its definition, “local” means buying foods produced or processed in Oregon, Washington or Northern California, roughly the 300-mile circumference suggested by Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma. (It is also the definition used by a popular local grocery chain that regularly promotes “buy local” policies). While that philosophy cannot practically be applied across the entire school nutrition ...

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