Locavores – local and seasonal living

Eat Local

Carnivores eat meat, Herbivores eat veggies, Locavores eat local.

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.

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About jensera

Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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