Filed under: Cars + Transport, Energy + Climate, Food + Health, Waste + Recycling | Tags: 100-mile diet, Bryan Welch, diet, farm, farmers market, Kansas, Locavore
Eat local. Eat local. Eat local.
I see this demand everywhere. Though I didn’t know that locavore was the New Oxford American Dictionary’s 2007 word of the year, or even what a locavore was until very recently.
It seems simple enough, only eat food from a 100-mile radius from where you live.
I always like to know where my food is from, so I can really know what is in it. When cattle, sheep and goat farmer Bryan Welch is asked how he can eat his own animals he responds “How can you be so cruel as to eat animals without knowing them? Without knowing how they lived? Without making sure they were treated kindly and with respect?”
I have two fears concerning locavores.
1) People will be overwhelmed. They won’t want to change their lives so dramatically, thinking you are either a complete locavore or not a locavore at all. the point is to live and eat better while helping community farmers at the same time.
2) The point will be lost in the popularity of the trend. People may be buying local, but they are driving their hummer to the farmer’s market. Is shopping local the new green sex toy? These ideas can get people into the discussion of sustainability, but the discussion can’t stop there.
Maybe I am being too critical of people, but these issues are important.
– Tyler Waugh
Thanks to organic plantivore for the picture
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