Have you ever calculated your food miles? That’s the distance food has to travel to get to your table. If you reduce your food miles and buy local food produce, you’ll help the environment and your local farmers. Author Anna Lappe of the Small Pla...
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Hi I’m Anna Lappe for Howdini.com. When it comes to the food you eat, one of the best things that you can do for your health and the health of the environment is to choose local food as much as possible. One of the best ways to find local food is to shop at farmer’s markets. If you’re not sure if you have a farmer’s market near you, just go to LocalHarvest.org, type in your zip code and you’ll be able to see all of the nearby farmer’s markets. One of the other really fantastic ways to get access to local fresh food is to actually become a member of a farm through community supported agriculture. What is a CSA? Well it’s a very simple concept. Basically you become a shareholder in a farm by handing over at the beginning of the growing season between -- about $300.00 to $500.00 which might sound like a lot to you but actually it works out to about $18.00 to $30.00 a week and that’s probably about what you would spend for the same products but non-local and non-organic if you just bought them at the grocery store. Now the third way to find local food is to go to your supermarket. It’s a little bit harder though so you have to know what to look for. Some markets are actually starting to label the food miles of the food in the produce sections. And by food miles, it’s a simple term that describes the number of miles that your food has traveled to get from where it was harvested to the store where you’re buying it. If your supermarket doesn’t have really clearly labeled country of origin or food miles, you can ask your store manager about where the food came from and you can ask them to start labeling. You’ll be surprised at how many stores just in the past few years have started to label where their food comes from because customers like you ask them to do it. If you’re feeling though like it’s a little bit hard to go local all on your own, you can join up with other people in your community that are trying to eat more locally. You can go to websites like the website for the 100 miles dieters, so that’s people who are trying to eat only food within 100 miles. You can also check out Locavores.com and go to eatlocalchallenge.org as well. Hoping you’ll eat locally as much as possible, I am Anna Lappe for Howdini.com.

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