I really could go on and on.
I think it is really important to increase the general public's awareness of where our food comes from, how it is grown, how it improves and advances(methods/genetics), and our ecological impact from livestock, agriculture, aquaculture, and wild caught/harvested food sources. Purchasing our food from responsible producers may not come at the cheapest price point. As a consumer and purveyor closely tied to these industries I believe we also have the responsibility to support those that go the extra mile to ensure we get quality and safety without an obnoxiously large footprint. We have an increasing world population and without proper preparation, humans could eat many species into extinction. Now don't get me wrong, I know things die and become extinct. We can't save them all. It happens. But it is important to preserve our food sources so we and future generations can all eat(affordably). Also just to be clear I do not support GMOs or anything else they try to pass off as food (saving that for another day)!
NorCal- I agree with you about cost. Cost is a major factor in the purchasing decisions; it's just not the first thing we look at when deciding who we source from. We do get lots of local farm fresh produce and local meats. I can only imagine how fun that would be to work at a restaurant that spares no expense to source ingredients from all over the globe. For what we [restaurant] do, we have a middle ground. We find medium. An example, we don't grind grain for our breads and pastas, or make our own butter, and we have fresh fruit in the winter
also foie gras is delicious! I snag a few bites whenever we have it on the menu.