Eat Local Think Global: Exploring The 100 Mile Diet

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Are you tired of eating the same old bland, processed foods that come from who-knows-where? Do you long for the taste of fresh, local produce that hasn't been shipped halfway across the world? If so, then the 100 mile diet might be just what you need!

The 100 mile diet is a food movement that encourages people to eat only foods that come from within a 100-mile radius of their home. The idea is to support local farmers and reduce our carbon footprint by eating foods that haven't traveled long distances.

Veggies are the Heart of the 100 Mile Diet

Now, you might be thinking, "But what about all the delicious foods that come from far away? I can't live without my avocados!" Well, fear not, my friends. The 100 mile diet isn't about depriving yourself of the foods you love. It's about finding new, local foods to love.

For example, instead of buying imported avocados, you could try locally grown apples or pears. Instead of imported coffee, you could try locally roasted coffee beans. And instead of imported chocolate, you could try locally made artisanal chocolates.

But what about those cravings for international cuisine? Can you really satisfy your cravings with only local foods? The answer is yes! With a little creativity, you can create delicious international dishes using only local ingredients.

For example, if you're craving Italian food, you could make a homemade pizza using local cheese, tomatoes, and herbs. If you're craving Mexican food, you could make tacos using locally grown lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers.

But the 100 mile diet isn't just about delicious food. It's also about supporting local farmers and reducing our carbon footprint. By eating foods that haven't traveled long distances, we're reducing the amount of fuel needed to transport our food, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

So, if you're ready to try the 100 mile diet, here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Find local farmers' markets and independent shops. This is a great way to discover new local foods and support local farmers.
  2. Get to know your local farmers. Talk to them about their farming practices and learn about the food they grow.
  3. Plan your meals ahead of time. This will help you ensure that you have all the ingredients you need and prevent food waste.
  4. Be creative! Experiment with new local foods and try new recipes.
  5. Explore new options by trying the veggies and fruits that are out of your comfort zone
  6. Don't be too hard on yourself. It's okay to indulge in non-local foods once in a while.

In conclusion, the 100 mile diet is a fun and delicious way to support local farmers and reduce your carbon footprint. So why not give it a try? Who knows, you might discover some new favorite foods and become a 100 mile diet convert!


  • Posted On: Apr 28, 2023
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Comments & Replies

Peggy Says:
I am a huge fan of the 100 mile diet. The biggest reason for me is that I don't support the labour practices of many of the countries from which we import food. If it was grown near me then I know the farmer and the workers were all treated humanly and with dignity.

Darryl Says:
As a chef, I couldn't agree more with the concept of the 100-Mile Diet and the focus on eating local while thinking global. Embracing locally sourced ingredients not only supports nearby farmers and producers but also guarantees the freshest and most flavorful ingredients for my culinary creations. The connection to the local Ontario food community brings a sense of pride and allows me to showcase the unique flavors and stories behind each ingredient. Let's continue to celebrate the bounty of our local food scene and savor the deliciousness that comes from eating locally. Bon appétit!

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