Eating Locally

April 15, 2009

Local eating is a hot topic these days. It shifts the focus from the large industrial farm thousands of miles away to the local, small-scale farm in your community. Therefore, it sustains community interests and strips the mass food producers of their power over consumers. In a recent Splendid Table episode, author Barbara Kingsolver (brilliant writer) was interviewed about her new book, Animal Vegetable Miracle, that documents her conversion to eating locally. You must listen to the interview as soon as you are able-it is followed by an interview with the brilliant director of the documentary film King Corn. But, until you get a chance to listen for yourself, I’ll share some of the highlights of the interview.

Kingsolver proclaims the local food movement to be the consumer’s opportunity to take back control over food and decisions made involving food. She says that local eating also increases a sense of loyalty to our local farmers who are producing our sustinence. She predicts the end of an economy driven solely by convenience and says that we need to get serious about eating REAL food. In the end, she stated that maybe we just can’t eat whatever we want whenever we want it…but maybe we should begin our day not by asking what do we feel like eating, but what do we have?

She also goes into some astounding numbers regarding the billions of money the US gov’t pays to subsidize crops that go mainly to making junk food products. You really must listen when you get a chance!

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Jennifer April 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm

thank you for your comments. i can definitely see a little garden in my future! this summer it’s tomato plants for sure!

Alison April 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Thanks for the info. I’d love to eat locally all the time, but unfortunately it’s hard to do that in Minnesota. We have fabulous farmer’s markets in the summer though. I belonged to a CSA a few summers ago and really liked it. I considered doing one this summer, but I think I’m going to try to get a garden going instead – cheaper.

Jessica April 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Great article Jennifer- a great way to eat locally is to visit farmers markets and participate in local CSAs- paying money upfront to local farms so that you can enjoy weekly selections of fruits and vegetables. Some CSAs are more expensive than others but there are reasonable ones available. Also, most local farms have pick up points that are closeby!

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