Eat local. In 2007 locavore was named the Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year in 2007.
Locavores typically eat food grown or produced within a certain radius of their homes (often within 100 to 250 miles) or within a certain region. While eating local is nothing new in most parts of the world, it is less of a way of life in for Westerns.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, the number of farmers’ markets in the country has risen by 16% between 2009 and 2010 and the number of CSAs has increased from 60 in 1990 to 3600 in 2010. [source: Library Journal]
Now that I am working in Collection Development (the practice of developing and purchasing the library’s collection) I spend more time reading journals and reviews about materials. The above linked article in Library Journal caught my eye as something of interest to the Lunch It Punch It audience. One of the DVDs I watched is called, Locavore: Local Diet, Healthy
Planet. Locavore movie trailer on YouTube
In discussing these books with my mom, I learned that my grandpa used to grow his own grapes and my grandma made enough jelly to last the whole school for five kids. I’m starting small, I have a strawberry plant.
The DVD contains five chapters: introduction, health, economics, environment and how to.
The last chapter offers steps to get started and two stood out to me:
Educate – know where your food is coming from, read labels, find local foods, let your grocery know you want local food if you can’t produce your own, don’t have access to a farmer’s market or CSA
Make the commitment – give yourself six weeks to used to your new lifestyle by starting with one local meal a week. If everyone in the US committed to one local meal a week, we could save 1 million barrels of oil a week.
Also, the how-to shows a couple garden set-ups that seem feasible even to someone like me who is looking for a way to incorporate gardens into my landscaping.
If you’re interested eating local, check out this DVD and see if it works for you. The best line I heard about eating local is that whatever works for you is the right one.
If you’re already eating local, what tips do you have for those interested in making the change?