An often overlooked culprit to our ginormous carbon footprint is our food and eating habits… Many are alarmed to discover that the average piece of food travels 1,500 miles to get to our dinner plate!  This obviously puts a tremendous strain on our transport system, requiring huge amounts of the ol’ petrol to bring us our eats.  I’m gonna go out on a limb here, but I’m guessing there’s a direct correlation between rising gas prices and rising food prices… hmmm.

Many are recognizing the benefits of sourcing and eating local food, spawning a new term called ‘locavore’.  It’s becoming pretty darn easy to become a locavore these days because resources connecting people and their local food suppliers are becoming much more accessible.  The $$$ site that brings you all the answers is Local Harvest.  Here you can plug in your zip and get info on everything near you, from farmers markets, CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), restaurants, Co-ops, etc.

mmmm… look at all that freshy fresh!

Other benefits of eating local include:

-Support your local economy
-Get to know your local farmers and where your food comes from
-Enjoy more nutritious food (won’t have preservatives that traditional foods need to survive their epic 2,000 mile, 3 week journey to your grocery store)
-Feel good about doing good!

A book called the 100-Mile Diet is devoted to this cause and offers ideas and insights on how to eat within a 100 mile radius.

And my friends, nothing is more local than your own yard!  For some help on how to turn your property into food-yielding masterpiece, check out Fritz Haeg’s book, Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn.

Happy shopping and even happier gardening!


About Joshua Foss

Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.