Eating Local Food: The Movement, Locavores and More
The best parts of buying and eating local food
Though it's not perfect (and, hey, what is?), there's still a lot to like about local food. Any time food miles can be reduced from the average of almost 1500 in the United States to 100 or less, it's going to make a big, green difference. It celebrates the food that comes from the land near you, fresh and in season, connecting you to the place you live and the people who live there and grow your food. Because local food comes from close by, it doesn't have to be picked before its ripe, to survive a long journey, so it tends to be fresher and more flavorful. And, because we all eat, several times a day, our food choices have enormous potential to leverage positive change in the world.
Learn more about eating local food on TreeHugger
As it has gained in popularity, local food has become a very popular topic on TreeHugger. We noted what it's like living on the 100 Mile Diet, noted 10 reasons to eat local and analyzed the carbon footprint of local food. We advised to eat local food, except when you shouldn't and saw evidence of farmer's market trickery when it came to food labeling. Type "local food" into the search engine above to really dig deeper.
Learn more about finding local food around you
Check in with the National Sustainable Agriculture Information System, Sustainable Table and Local Harvest to learn more about local food, including where you can find it in your neck of the woods.
Check out How Locavores Work.
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