August 10, 2007

Local

Katie's got a great post about the nuances of eating local, with the added bonus of an extended permaculture zone metaphor.

Drawing an arbitrary boundary and saying "I won't eat anything from farther than X miles away" (a la the 100 mile diet) doesn't reflect the reality that has always existed in food and trade issues. Natives in Eastern Oregon traded their obsidian far and wide, India has been a source for textiles and spices for the west for nearly a millenium, and people always seek out the exotic and the new, even before the age of fossil fuel-powered commerce.

That said, it does benefit us to have intimate knowledge of the main source of our food...if nothing else, recent food disasters would dictate not relying on far flung supply lines to get your daily bread. Spice things up a bit with pepper, olive oil, and coffee from the far flung locales, but fill your plate with veggies, meat, grain, and potatoes grown as close to you as possible

Posted by rich at August 10, 2007 10:48 AM
Comments

Yes, this is exactly what we are striving for. The 80% of the daily diet comes from local/regional fare, but still one should not abstain from worldly diversities. I just get cranky buying garlic from Chile. It takes time to get all your local vendors lined up, but once you get into it, it's pretty much ok. So we met your future farmer of America - he made many faces, I counted at least 124 different facial expressions in one hour.

Posted by: Katherine at August 20, 2007 06:47 PM