Food Miles: How Local Effects Global
16 Jun, 2012
One might think that getting your food from a local grocery store is not much different than buying from a local farmer. Think again. Eating local food can mean more than we think when it comes to effecting the environment and global warming. It comes down to food miles. How much fuel had to be burned to get those New Zealand lamb chops to you?
In 2005 Jessica Prentice coined the term Locavore: someone who exclusively (or at least primarily) eats foods from their local or regional foodshed or a determined radius from their home (commonly either 100 or 250 miles, depending on location).
By eating locally, most locavores hope to create a greater connection between themselves and their food sources, resist industrialized and processed foods, and support their local economy. The majority of locavores do not give themselves a strict radius from which to eat, but instead buy as much of their food as they can from farmers, growers, and sellers with whom they have a relationship or whose growing or producing practices appeal they want to support.