June 29, 2011

Healthy Grilling with a Side of Flavor!

When everyone is crowded around the grill this weekend celebrating Fourth of July, don’t just settle for the usual fatty foods like brats and burgers for your meal. With these tips, you’ll be suggesting extraordinarily tasty grilling options that put a new spin on summer and healthy dining that even the guys will enjoy.

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August 18, 2010

Heritage Harvest Festival


For those of you in or around the Virginia area, we’ve found a special treat for you! The annual Heritage Harvest Festival will be held on September 11, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Thomas Jefferson’ Monticello in Virginia. The festival is perfect for foodies, vegetable lovers and those always looking to learn more about healthy eating and recipes!

The festival will honor Thomas Jefferson’s legacy as America’s first foodie and local produce enthusiast. The president championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation, and sustainable local agriculture.
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June 9, 2010

Find Local Fruit Online!


The other day, I read about a website called http://NeighborhoodFruit.com.  It basically allows you to register the fruit from your yard online and share it with local people.  You can also register as a fruit-seeker and search for fruit on the website.  On top of that, public fruit trees are registered on the site, so you can find a park in your neighborhood that has an apple tree, for example, and pick to your heart’s delight.

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August 6, 2007

The Question of Food Miles

As more and more Americans demonstrate specific environmental concerns, like hoping to shrink their “carbon footprint,” the idea of “food miles” has become a popular rally point. Such campaigns push for labels which indicate how many miles the food has traveled to the market, an indication of the environmental impact of packaging and transporting certain foods. With my interest in smaller-scale, local agriculture, I have certainly expressed optimism with this concept. The idea seems logical, and I’m always an advocate of fresher food.

In an opinion article entitled “Food That Travels Well” published today in The New York Times, James McWilliams, a similar optimist, examines the results of a recent study conducted in New Zealand. This Lincoln University study looked more closely at the concept of food miles, examining more factors of energy consumption, such as water use, harvesting techniques, means of transportation, and more. McWilliams summarizes the findings,

Most notably, they found that lamb raised on New Zealand’s clover-choked pastures and shipped 11,000 miles by boat to Britain produced 1,520 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per ton while British lamb produced 6,280 pounds of carbon dioxide per ton, in part because poorer British pastures force farmers to use feed. In other words, it is four times more energy-efficient for Londoners to buy lamb imported from the other side of the world than to buy it from a producer in their backyard. Similar figures were found for dairy products and fruit.

For many advocates of local agriculture, and even the passionate locavores, these findings may come as somewhat of a shock. But, I agree with McWilliams in that it doesn’t have to be a cause for alarm. We can still encourage the development of local, sustainable agriculture, but with the understanding that globalization is generally a beneficial initiative. Globalization allows the resources of the world to be more equally distributed throughout its inhabitants. Fertile hubs of food production can provide for more arid regions, with more of an emphasis on renewable energy and hybrid engines in food transportation.

The growing use of the internet, global fads, multiculturalism, commerce, and the obvious political realities attest to the our growing global connectivity and interdependence. Globalization is a very much the reality of our lives. When we talk about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and local food, we must examine its relation to this concept, however more difficult our choices become.

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