100 Miles, 161 Kilometres or Just 10 feet?

All this talk about the 100 mile diet means that more and more people should understand the concept of the locavore

 For those who might not, the gist is that you should be able to sustain yourself and your family on food found within a 100 miles radius of your home.  And as a Canadian, 100 miles is about 161 kilometres, which seems like it’s further, which is always a plus.  Yes I understand it doesn’t have the same ring to it as 100 miles but that’s not the point.  How many yards are in a mile anyway?

 The idea is to support local growers and lessen then footprint of transporting food.  How many boxes of California strawberries did you eat last December? I know I had about 31. 

 In the modern, global economy different foods are available to us that are grown all over the world.  Locavore eating takes into consideration the fossil fuels spent in bringing that food to you. 

Some food transports leave a bigger footprint than others. For example, white truffles from Piedmont are flown all over the world whereas Moroccan tangerines are shipped by boat.  I’m not even going to get started on wine and cheese…

There are so many delicious foods that come from all over the world that would be a shame not to indulge in, but that doesn’t mean that you should not take advantage of your own capabilities. 

Why would you bother buying Californian strawberries in June when you could have your own crop right in your backyard that took only a few steps to harvest rather then a few days on a refrigerated transport truck.  Nevermind the fact that your own strawberries would be harvested at the perfect moment when they taste the best.  They also freeze well so you can have some in December too!

The same is true for so many foods that come from outside our 161 kilometre bubble.  Foods like red and green peppers are some that I find come from somewhere in the States as with many herbs and lettuces.  It is very true that there exists a longer growing season in the Southern USA but that shouldn’t stop you from growing your own foods while you can.  The more you are able to grow and harvest from your backyard the less green house emissions you are contributing to, through purchasing imported foods.

 Some skeptics may say that if you don’t buy those California strawberries that someone else will, but hopefully they’ll be Californian.  Ghandi said, be the change you want to see in the world.  I do love my truffles and French wine, but also, my mustard green lettuce, basil, thyme, dill, arugula, watermelons, tomatoes, cucumbers, ground cherries, hot peppers 10 steps from my back door.

 Eat drink and be merry.

The At Home Organic


One response to this post.

  1. Consider your self lucky it you can get locally grown fruit and vegetables even part of the year. I live in an area that has at best limited water for irrigation and most years far from enough rain to produce fruit and vegetable crops without irrigation.

    I grow a nice size garden and consume what I can fresh, then can and dry much of what is not consumed fresh.


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