Eat Local!

If you wonder why higher oil prices lead to higher food prices, just consider that food in the average American meal travels about 1500 miles before it reaches your dinner plate. If we want to be serious in our stewardship of Creation, we need to be more aware of where our food is coming from.

For an interesting read on this subject, I recommend Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon. The two British Columbians manage, for a whole year, to only eat food grown within 100 miles of their home.

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2 thoughts on “Eat Local!

  1. Woooo! A comment!!

    I would agree that local food is not in every case more environmentally friendly. Indeed, in the book Plenty, the authors discuss which is better: a locally but conventionally grown apple or an organic apple from New Zealand. As your article shows, the benefits are not always clear cut.

    The example given in the article, lamb, raises other issues. Meat is much more resource intensive than veggies and fruit. What would happen to local food supplies if people ate less beef?

    The issue of food diversity is also addressed in Plenty. In short, the diversity of eatable plants widely available was once much greater than it is now. The homogenization of the American food supply is yet another topic that comes into play.

    And I disagree that there are no moral consequences to my desire to eat fresh strawberries in January. It’s gluttony, if nothing else.

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