>> 13 March 2008
I don't mean the path from your plate over your fork to your mouth. I mean the road from where it was planted, grown and harvested to where you cook it in your home.
Do you know where the food you buy comes from?
When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically travelled at least 1,500 miles. The French consume ingredients that have travelled an average of 2000 km.
In 2005 Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon started the 100 mile diet. For one year, they would buy or gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia. A 100-mile radius (or 160 kilometres) is large enough to reach beyond a big city and small enough to feel truly local.
if one takes into account the road travelled
by each of the ingredients necessary to produce it.
A similar experience was done by a journalist from the French Psychologies magazine (the article - in French - can be found here). She lives in Paris and thought that would make it easy. She received her vegetable basket every week from local producers via the French Amap organisation (the international network can be found here).
on the environment of 100 times
superior to boat transporation.
1 kg of apples from South Africa
0,25 liters for the same
designed to feed people.... it is designed
to produce the maximum amount of cash
in the shortest time. ... The global free market
might be good for some things (perhaps we get
better computers and warships that way)
but for farming, and hence for humanity
as a whole, it is disastrous.
Complete quote from Colin Tudge at
Treehugger can be found here.
100 mile diet
Local Food Economy Game
How to green your meals
Eat local (NRCD)
Simple Steps: a healthier you, a healthier home, a healthier earth.
Climate Action Network
Centre de recherche et d'information des organisations de consommateurs, Bruxelles
Réseau action climat France
Article Psychologies.com January 2008