Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Couple Only Eats Local Food For A Year

VANCOUVER (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A couple in Vancouver would rather starve than eat food that isn’t grown or produced within a 100-mile radius of their apartment.

It might sound hard to swallow, but that’s 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 farmer’s markets.

Says MacKinnon: “We probably annoyed people with all of our questions, but we didn’t want anything with ANY ingredients that weren’t 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, “It’s 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. I’ve definitely learned to appreciate local farmers.”

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