"I want to escape the trap that I, like most Americans, have fallen into the last four decades: obtaining nine-tenths of our food from nonlocal sources, with shippers, processors, packagers, retailers, and advertisers gaining three times more income from each dollar of food purchased than do farmers, fishermen, and ranchers. I want to reduce the distance that my food travels before it reaches my mouth and my mind ..."
- Gary Paul Nabhan, Coming Home to Eat
What if all of our food decisions for a month were based on what was available in our foodshed? What is it like to eat only what's in season? What if we all became more aware of where our food really comes from? What if local businesses got the message that people actually care about where their food comes from because of the sheer number of people asking questions about sourcing?
Life Begins at 30, in association with Locavores, is pleased to bring you the August Eat Local Challenge. During this August, we challenge you to set some goals that will include eating food that is local to you. Life Begins at 30 will be hosting a month-long meme along with suggestions for how to do this, and an update of how everyone is doing.
You will be able to design your own Eat Local challenge, noting your level of participation (eat local all day every day, once a week, one big event during the month, etc) and your "exceptions" - those things that aren't local and that you won't be able to live without as long with other specifications.
By taking this challenge, you will be joining a group of bloggers and non-bloggers alike who are willing to make the effort during August to source their food and eat accordingly.
Interested? Move on to the Nuts and Bolts.
Need more convincing that local is the way to go? Move on to the Reference Guide.
Not a blogger, but want to participate? Sign up at Locavores today!