Locavores – local and seasonal living
Eating local was the only way to get food for several decades. However the rapid change in the manufacturing, distributing and consuming of food made this lifestyle difficult. Small scale farmers were bought out by larger industrial farms, making local farming rare. Recently, a resistance to purchasing industrial food has been growing, allowing local farmers to establish a steady income. The Locavore movement is spreading fast and is certainly a movement that all can and should get involved with. Here is an example of a group striving to eat locally at all times.
EatLocalChallenge.com is a group blog written by authors who are interested in the benefits of eating food grown and produced in their local foodshed. Spanning the United States, the group is committed to challenging themselves to eat mainly local food during a specific period of time during the year. More information about ‘EatLocalChallenge’
A Locavore lifestyle is beneficial to the local economy, individual health and environmental security. It reduces our carbon emissions through minimizing transport of food and enriches the earth through reduced use of preservatives to ensure summer foods can be eaten in winter. Eating seasonally allows us the full nutritional benefits as we are eating foods that are ripe and ready to consume on mother natures clock, not the industries’.
Find your local grocer or farmer today and challenge yourself to a more sustainable diet.