A book, an inspiration, a way of feeding our body and keeping a light footprint on the environment. “The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating” is a non-fiction book written by Canadian writers Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon. The authors ate, for one year, only foods grown within 100 miles of their residence, and wrote about their feelings, experiences, motivations and challenges.

The corporate approach to food production is based on creating value for the shareholders: by buying where food is cheaper, building cost-efficient distribution channels, offering generous incentives to supermarket chains and marketing heavily to potential end-buyers. As a life-style choice, eating local food is a collaborative effort to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies. Eating locally often means the buyers know the farmers, or at least buyers can visit the farmers if they so desire. Both growers and eaters take more responsibilities, because they are closely connected. Also, local food can be seen as grown, while corporate food is more and more seen as mass-produced or even engineered.

Eating locally-grown food also lowers our ecological footprint. The distribution channels of mass-produced food creates a substantial amount of greenhouse gas emissions, sometimes even estimated about 1/5 of our overall footprint. Eating locally is easier in some places, and may be harder in others. Still, starting to eat locally here and now, for what we can eat locally, is important, for our body, mind; for our local economies; and for our planet.

This is an excerpt from our book: A course in happiness and well-being

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