Farm to table restaurants, which feature locally grown produce, are popping up throughout West Michigan.
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Experts say eating food that goes straight from the farm to the table is not only better for the consumer; it's also better for the community and the planet.
"It's a growing movement," says professor Cornelia Flora of Iowa State University.
Flora is a national advocate for the Alternative Food Movement. Wednesday night, she spoke to a crowd at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids about what people are putting into their bodies, and what we should be eating. Flora thinks people should either grow food themselves, or at least know where what they are eating came from.
"We are trying to get the producer and the consumer closer together," she says. "You will know the food is good because you know the person who raised it."
Trillium Haven Restaurant in Grand Rapids is a "farm to table" establishment. Workers there say it's a guiltless dining experience that also leads to better food.
Flora says schools are leading the way in the "farm to table movement " by incorporating gardens into their curriculum and letting children taste the difference between fresh and processed. Like all change, she says it's going to begin with young people.