100 Mile Diet

The 100 Mile Diet: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by Eating Close to Home
by Catherine McMullin
Is it possible to eat green in an effort to live green? With the intense focus on global warming, carbon footprints, the price of gas and the failing U.S. economy, many people have found at least one reason to alter the way they buy food in order to be green or save some green.

The 100 Mile Diet was an experiment borne out of a Vancouver, BC couple’s attempt to eat food grown or produced within 100 miles of their home. It has inspired many people to embrace the food that is grown and raised in and around a one hundred mile radius of their homes in an effort to minimize the consumption of fuel associated with food transport, support local economies, and eat seasonally.

See the story of the original 100-mile dieters along with an interview and a link to the blog on their website: http://100milediet.org/

For information on eating within 100 miles of Seattle, check out Sustainable Ballard’s website for information on local food sources, recipes, and month by month blogging through the seasons: http://100milediet.blogs.sustainableballard.org/

Eating locally forces one to eat what’s available season to season. Take a look at this website for cooks that suggests recipes based on ingredients you have on hand. Type the ingredient into the search bar for recipes and find what’s available by season: http://www.seasonalcornucopia.com/cc/default.asp

For a criticism of the global food chain, large-scale production and distribution, and its effect on the nutritional value of food, check out “The Locavore’s Dilemma”, written by grist.org journalist Tom Philpott which links readers to writers/critics of modern global food practices such as Paul Roberts, Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, etc.: http://grist.org/comments/food/2008/08/08/index.html

See link to further reducing greenhouse gases through less consumption of animal products. Scroll down to see greenhouse gas emissions pie chart of food categories: http://news.mongabay.com/2008/0602-ucsc_liaw_food_miles.html

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