Posted by: Rabideye | June 4, 2009

Brain Fodder for June 10 potluck Kale Force/ 50-Mile Local Food Challenge gathering (5pm-7pm at the Community Resource Centre – 4752 Joyce)

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Check us out on Twitter during the 50-day Challenge: http://twitter.com/powellriver50

http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/eatlocal/

What is Local?
Local vs. Sustainable
Local vs. Global
Did You Know?
Why Buy Local?

Economics of Local
If You Can’t Buy Local
What You Can Do
Local Food Systems
Grow Your Own

What exactly is local food?
Talk of local food is everywhere. But what does it mean? How local is local? Local is shorthand for an idea that doesn’t have a firm definition. Unlike organic standards, which entail specific legal definitions, inspection processes, and labels, local means different things to different people, depending on where they live, how long their growing season is, and what products they are looking for.Practically speaking, local food production can be thought of in concentric circles that start with growing food at home. The next ring out might be food grown in our immediate community – then state, region, and country. For some parts of the year or for some products that thrive in the local climate, it may be possible to buy closer to home. At other times, or for less common products, an expanded reach may be required.

People who value local as their primary food criterion are sometimes referred to as locavores. The term “locavore” was coined by Jessica Prentice from the San Francisco Bay Area for World Environment Day 2005 to describe and promote the practice of eating a diet consisting of food harvested from within an area most commonly bound by a 100 mile radius. With such excitement and momentum building in the local food movement, the New Oxford American Dictionary chose locavore as its word of the year in 2007. From: What is Local?

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