What Is a Locavore?
A “locavore” (or “localvore,” depending on who you ask) is someone who either exclusively or as a tendency eats food that is locally produced. The locavore movement (also known as the local food movement) has grown in popularity primarily due to increased interest in sustainability.
Widespread concerns about climate change and the effect of greenhouse gas emissions have played a significant role in its development. Many people have become concerned about the sustainability of transporting food over long distances. The locavore movement is the result of changing consumer behavior in light of this growing worry.
Locavores seek to reduce the environmental impact of food consumption by consuming locally produced food. What constitutes “local” is a debate in its own right, but many consider food that has traveled 100 miles or less from farm to table local.
Top 5 Ways to Eat Local
There are many ways to ensure that the food you consume is local. Here are the top 5 ways to eat local:
- One element in an overall strategy is growing food at home or in a community garden. While it’s not the end-all solution for most, it can be a fun, tasty, and cost-saving way to supplement what you buy.
- Buying food from farmers’ markets is another prevalent locavore practice. Most farmers’ markets have strict requirements on who may vend their wares there–and how far away they can come from.
- Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) is a great way to support local farms and eat local food. Consumers can typically subscribe for a monthly or bi-monthly delivery of produce or meat directly from a local farmer.
- Buy from a market that carries local food. You can find out what items are locally sourced by asking your grocer or reading the label. Local food is more common at smaller, independent markets than at supermarkets, but even places like Walmart are capitalizing on the trend.
- Eat at restaurants that source their food locally. This is often part of their advertising strategy if they do, but your waiter should also know where their ingredients come from and which items on the menu are locally sourced.
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