This site provides a basic calculator to let users know how far away the food they buy is coming from and how much CO2 is created in the transportation process. This is a basic site and is good for very basic calculations, it does not take into account production on certain goods, which creates a substantial amount of additional pollution.
This article gives another view on locavorism. This discusses the global implications for eating strictly local foods (and the author suggests the team local is subjective). I think the author may be implying that eating locally in moderation is a good thing while eating strictly local foods can have negative consequences.
The only link I could find explaining the book was amazon or wikipedia, sorry! This book tells the story of a Canadian couple who, for one year, ate only the things they could get within a 100 mile radius. This is on my reading list for the summer!
The basics. This doesn't come from an education source necessarily but is extremely clear about what a locavore is and what their goals are. To sum up, locavores are those who choose to produce and live off of locally grown food, within a hundred miles or so. As most other lifestyle choices that pertain to eating, the degree to which someone dedicates themselves to locavorism varies.
I really like this article because it seems almost more personal. Obviously the global effects of shipping food, such as pollution, are all many can talk about when arguing to eat locally. However I find that most people are out of sight out of mind kind of people and won't necessarily consider these risks important because they are not immediately affected. Tis article however makes some of the more personal, individual arguments for eating locally such as knowing what your local foods look like or how your surroundings look.
This website is "a hub for healthy food". It gives information on where to buy locally in Rhode Island and provides education on eating fresh and and nutritious food. It also gives information on and praise to local institutions who a using local foods such as the JWU culinary program and certain restaurants around the state.
One of the key arguments for eating locally is to cut down on the food miles and the carbon foot print created by shipping foods over vast distances. This article offers a sound rebuttal when it states that the process of production should also be considered in the food miles and that a farther distance does not necessarily translate to more miles. I also really like the idea of including food miles on labels. For those who like to be aware of what they eat, accurate food labels are key.
These are some tools to help those interested in eating locally. I'm having a hard time opening the mapping tool but am googling away to find another. The tools under number 2 and number 3 were especially helpful and received a lot of feed back for the zip code 02886. Seeing as this is Rhode Island I'm sure every zip code will get similar results.
This is an old article but it sheds light on why some people are choosing to eat locally. While some enjoy the freshness of their food others are concerned about the enviornment, local economy, and the price of their foods.
This article provides some pretty insightful guidelines if one is interested in eating more locally. The most important thing it touches on is the idea that eating local does not mean having to give up foods that cannot be obtained in ones area.
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