Filed under: Food + Health, Local Events + Action | Tags: eat local, farmers market, fresh produce, Locavore
The movement to eat locally grown and produced goods is a hot topic at the moment. People like the idea of eating fresh food, supporting local farmers and reducing the impact from shipping goods. What’s not to like?
The Merc defines local goods as anything produced within 200 miles of the store. Miles traveled are labeled on their products, making it easy for consumers to identify them. The four women who coined the term locavore
allow for a 100 mile radius. But what about the typical big box or local chain?
The lack of regulation on the word local is a problem. Anyone with their own murky definition can slap the word local on an item and watch as it flies off the shelves. If a bigrig trucks-in something from the next state over, or two states over, is that local? I think most people would say no. But your grocery store might love the sound of that.
The National Resources Defense Council found that the average American dinner is comprised of ingredients from about five countries other than the United States. Foreign countries, were not talking Colorado here. These goods are coming on ships, trucks and planes. NRDC reports produce flown into California in 2005, released the same amount of carbon dioxide as 12,000 cars on the road. To California! They produce over 350 agricultural products in state. Think about what crosses over the Kansas border.
While it’s great that people want to be locavores, one has to ask herself, what is my definition of local?
photo courtesy of myself, on the Kaw Valley Farm Tour
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