Question: So how did this local food thing start?
Answer: February 2010 I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, the remarkable true story of how one familyÂ comes to know local food, sustainability, and living simply. Â It charts their first year of a locavore diet and was an inspiration for my own journey. Â The book is spotted with humor and some surprising data on the status of our food system. It literally transformed the way I felt about food page by page.
Now, I will never argue that reading this same book will convince you to cold turkey begin a locavore diet, nor will I insist that it is the one book you must read for all-important reasons x, y, and z.Â But I will say that it is symbolic of how many people enter the local food movement; they get an education. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle taught me a few things I didn’t know before and encouraged me to question a few things I thought I did know. The learning was small at first, but then quickly snowballed into a curiosity I am still hard-pressed to restrain. When people tell me “oh, I could never do that!”, I encourage them to start this same process–spend some time on Google, rent a documentary like Food, Inc. or No Impact Man, find the section of your library where Animal, Vegetable, Miracle lives and pick up a book or two. Â It’s hard to feel committed to anything if you don’t have a strong foundation for holding that commitment (definitely the case when there are french fries and mac n’ cheese on the line). Â Understanding why I chose a locavore diet was just as important as the mechanics of what I ate. Bottom line: Â Get educated.
Phew. Enough soapbox for one sunny April day. Â Enjoy it, spring is finally here.