Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sunday Scribbles "The Experiment"

Ever think about where your food comes from? More specifically have you ever thought how many miles it had traveled before arriving on the supermarkets shelf. I admit I haven’t considered the distance in the past, only when I saw grown locally stickers or produce of Canada, that was till I read The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating. The inside cover says:

When Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon learned that the average ingredient in a North American meal travels 1500 miles from farm to plate, they decided to launch a simple experiment to reconnect with the people and places that produced what they ate. For one year, they would consume only food that came from within a 100-mile radius of their Vancouver apartment. The 100-Mile Diet was born.
I finished it Friday night and found it such a rewarding read. They wrote about there own experiences and struggles in finding foods, the big-pictures, and some of their real life that happened along the way. I was inspired. I am in no way prepared to participate in a 100-mile experiment of my own but I have been craving fresh produce, longing for berry harvest so I can try my hand and jam making, and last night I bough a local squash…not sure what I am going to do with it yet. The book has got me thinking and that is always a good place.

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Thinking is good, yes. And great minds think alike -- the prompt this week encouraged me to write about food, too.

glo said...

very cool liz. but I gotta say Jam making is not quite as fun as it seems, the lady who lives benieth me gave me so juce for making jam and i didn't do such a good job at it and ended up just thoughing it out.

Josephine said...

i love the local eating idea!! kudos to you!

Aunt Penny said...

A group in Hamilton have started an "eat local" campaign. I picked up a food map& directory of theirs.It lists a lot of the farmers in the area that sell to the public, what they sell and their hours of operation. I read in the newspaper of a farm in Milton that sells fresh berries but they also freeze them for you to buy all year.Local frozen berries not ones from China. Yummmm!
Eat well. Aunt Penny

Elizabeth said...

Thanks Susan.

Glo, I am still going to try my hand at jam and maybe even preserves.

Thanks Jo, I really miss talking with you just so you know.

Aunt Penny, I am trying hard not to be jealous.