100 Mile Diet

Here’s an interesting diet. Only eat food produced within 100 miles of your home. More from The York Times Well blog:
Eating local often means you can meet the people who produce your food because they are selling it themselves at the local farmers’ market. You can ask questions about pesticide use and farming methods, and sometimes you may even be able to visit the farm or dairy where your food is grown or raised.

Most people who follow the 100-mile diet do so because they like fresh food and because they want to help the planet. Buying locally means less fuel burned to transport food, which means less pollution. Local farmers often are organic producers who employ earth-friendly farming methods or raise free-range animals. Recently, the concept of the 100-mile diet has gained attention after the release in April of the book “Plenty: One Man, One Woman and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally.” The book chronicles the efforts of authors James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith to eat foods produced within 100 miles of their Vancouver apartment.
Surely local fast food restaurants don’t count.
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Kirsten - November 12, 2007 10:19 AM

This is such a great idea, but also very difficult. We've taken a very intermediate step and buy (mostly) domestic foods--we live in the inland northwest, so anything from the west is acceptable. Maybe we're doing the 1K diet! We're still eating tomatoes from our garden, at least, and next year want to expand our garden to include even more veggies, herbs and fruits than this year.

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