Friday, August 18, 2006

Eating locally

That's a new trend, taking things one step further than eating organically. The idea is that, by only eating things grown withing 100 miles of your home, you cut pollution and energy usage a great deal more than by eating organic foods trucked in from California or Mexico (or, as Michael Pollan describes in Omnivore's Dilemma, flown in from Argentina). In practice, it's fairly difficult. Here are some chronicles of the effort:

In Vermont.

In Wales. Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

In Canada. Here, it's not just local, but also wild.

In Philadelphia. No mention of local cheesteak sandwiches, though. The heart of the movement.

The consensus is that it takes more work to find local food, and it costs more than normal. It also tastes better, and seems to be better for you, probably because folks switch from processed foods to fresh fruits and vegetables, which are better for you anyway.

I don't think I could handle a serious local diet, because I'd have to give up coffee. I started drinking black coffee when I was seven or eight (really), and I've been drinking several cups daily since I was about fifteen (wow--I can now say that I've been drinking coffee daily for most of my life!) I'm an addict, and I can't give it up.

1 comment:

Sparky's Mom said...

Aw, you could give up coffee if you really needed to. You'd just be a basket case for a couple of weeks, and then you'd be very sleepy in the afternoon for weeks/months afterwards. It's not worth the effort unless there is a real medical emergency. I can't think of any medical emergency that is that severe!