100-Mile Diet

In the Spring of 2005, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon of Vancouver decided that they would try an experiment where for one year, they would buy or gather all food and drink from within 100 miles of their home in British Columbia. “The 100-Mile Diet is one about learning by doing where you can get to know the seasons, where our food comes from, where to buy locally and at what risk to our health and to our environment. For the year, Alisa and James ate only the freshest food that traveled the shortest possible distance and was eaten or preserved at its seasonal peak”. They preserved enough food for the winter so that they rarely had to buy groceries. They admit it was a real challenge to find local food sources, to make food from scratch, to do canning for the winter etc. “There are places where it’s easier and places where it’s harder but never impossible. When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically traveled at least 1,500 miles”. Around 100 people from the town of Mission, B.C. are currently challenging themselves to eat locally for 100 days. This challenge started on June 1st and a camera crew is taping their progress for the Food Network. A more realistic approach to attempt is to plan a single 100-Mile meal with friends or family. Make your next holiday such as Thanksgiving a 100-Mile diet meal. On their website you can type in your postal code and have your 100-mile radius mapped out for you, as well as learn tips to help you eat locally. http://100milediet.org/.

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