Local Food Month

June 20, 2007 at 4:05 pm 1 comment

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Crunch Chicken of Low Impact Week fame is at it again. This time she has christened July as Eat Local Month 

First, I should recap on my not-so-stellar Low Impact Week. In all honesty I just didn’t follow through on the challenges I set forth for myself. I chose the challenges that I have been struggling with and I simply didn’t do it. Lame, I know. I can do better.

Let’s look to the positive side. I have been successful in using my reusable bags when I go shopping and very few of their plastic counterparts have slipped into my house. I have cut our dryer use in half by hanging most of our clothing to dry. I have diligently been ordering most of my food from our local organic home delivery company where I have been focusing on making local choices and reducing my families food miles.

Crunchies new challenge is very much in line with where my passion is at the moment – local, yummy and organic food goodness. So during the month of July (and August, September….) I’m going to further increase my consumption of locally and sustainably grown food and decrease my consumption of imported and packaged food.  Specifically I’m going to: 

  • Choose only BC fruits and veggies (no more bananas, mangos, avocadoes, etc).
  • Reduce my food miles by choosing local where possible.
  • Shop at the local farmers market.
  • Limit pre-packaged food by making my own bread, pizza dough, etc.
  • Fill my pantry with jams, jellies and canned seasonal and local fruits to last through Winter.
  • I live in a cohousing community and we often share community meals. I have committed myself to preparing a 100 Mile Meal for the community on July 14th.

The great thing about Local Food Month is that you choose the level of participation you want to do. For more info visit Crunchy Chicken and read through her FAQs.

Also check out this really interesting photo essay, What the World Eats, online at Time magazine. It showcases photos of 15 families around the world and their weekly food supplies. Very visual, interesting and telling. 

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Entry filed under: 100 Mile Diet, In the Kitchen, Reducing Our Impact.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Meghan  |  June 21, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    Great find in the photo essay. It’s a wonderful collection.

    Reply

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I am passionate about reducing my impact on the environment and am learning to live simply and live green. I am learning the age old arts of home food preservation and cooking from scratch. This is yet another eco-blog and a place for me to really channel my passions for writing, photography and sustainable living.
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