New-ish Movements in Sustainable Eating
It seems there’s a revolution in eating, being healthy, or dieting — just about every single day. We’re a lucky bunch in the U.S., with so much time to think about, analyze, and then change the way we put things in our mouths. Some of these movements stick around, others disappear after a while, and a few make so much sense that we just weave them into the ordinary fabric of the rest of our lives. So what about this Locavore Movement we’ve been hearing so much about in the last several years?
Defined in brief, a Locavore is someone who prefers to put effort towards eating food that has been produced locally, rather than food that has been grown elsewhere, typically far away, and then shipped or moved any amount of distance before it arrives at the market place. Tied up tightly with things like the resurgence in farmers markets, seasonal dieting, and sustainable agriculture, the Locavore movement has found some very logical, comfortable partners and has fast been attracting loyal followers too. Continue reading
Good news for local farmers and locavores–even Appalachian hillfolk are willing to pay for fresh, local food.
Appalachia: The Cradle of Sustainable Agriculture?
According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, the “Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project has released estimates that Western North Carolina consumers bought $62 million worth of local food in 2010. That’s a four-fold increase since ASAP started its “Appalachian Grown” certification and branding program in 2007.”
While this exceeds the typical trend towards local foods in most areas, it is likely indicative of the general direction that our national food consumption is taking. Both organic and local food sales have seen increases nationwide; in fact, local food is predicted to reach $7 billion in sales this year. So what does this say about the future of the food industry? Continue reading
What Is a Locavore?
Eat Local: The Rise of the Locavore Movement
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. Continue reading
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The Local Food Movement
Local Food: What is Local?
If you’re reading this, chances are that you’ve heard the term “local food” bandied around a lot lately. Maybe you heard it on the news in a discussion about sustainable agriculture, or in a debate between about whether “local or organic” is better for the environment.
Maybe you saw that episode of Portlandia where Fred and Carrie interrogate their waitress about the origin of the chicken used in the restaurant, eventually asking her to hold their table while they drive 30 miles to the farm its sourced from (and end up joining the polygamist cult that runs it).
Okay, so that’s a little extreme, but there is an increasing popular movement that’s pushing for buying and eating locally grown food. So what exactly does locally grown mean? Continue reading