Summer is officially here, and with it the high season of local eating. While I am not a strict locavore, as more and more fresh produce shows up at my farmers' market, my garden starts producing and my CSA starts delivering weekly shares, the portion of my food that's locally grown rises. At this time of the year, when strawberries are ripe and the lettuce is tender, eating seasonally is easier.
By now, we probably all know the reasons that local eating is important. "Food miles" - which refer to how far your food traveled to reach your plate - are a significant part of your carbon footprint. Locally-grown food is also typically fresher, which means fewer of its nutrients have been lost. Plus, when you buy local, you're supporting your local economy and helping to create a stable food community. These are all good things.
Since we're profiling books during June, I thought that today I'd share three books that really got me started on my local eating journey.
The 100-Mile Diet
The Omnivore's Dilemma
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
As I said, I'm not a strict locavore. I do enjoy bananas, for instance, even though I live in Canada. But all the same, I think it's good to consider the impact of our choices. I also think it's important to understand the political forces that are at play in our lives. These three books helped me do just that.
What about you - do you try to eat local? What books influenced your decision?