It might sound hard to swallow, but thats exactly what authors James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith did for one year in order to document it for their new book, Plenty: One Man, One Woman, And A Raucous Year Of Eating Locally (Harmony Books).
MacKinnon says it was hard at first giving up the foods he loved especially chocolate and pastries, but he soon learned to love the fresh produce and ingredients they would find at local farmers markets.
Says MacKinnon: We probably annoyed people with all of our questions, but we didnt want anything with ANY ingredients that werent local.
MacKinnon says he learned a lot from their experiment like the fact that some of the local fish is shipped 8000 miles away to China before it appears in local grocery stores.
As he puts it, Its crazy we really realized how much stuff we put in our systems that has literally travelled thousands of miles before it gets to our mouths. Ive definitely learned to appreciate local farmers.
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