Go local: an explanation of foodsheds

With all this talk about eating local and counting miles I thought it would be good to explain what it really means. The foundation for local eating starts with a foodshed 사운드클라우드 음원 다운로드.

Foodshed: a region or area from which a population draws its food.

The typical limit on these regions is 100 miles 다운로드. Draw a 100-mile circle around where you live and that is your foodshed.

In economic terms this is ideal distance a farmer, or her goods, can travel to reach a market 다운로드. That way it arrives on your plate as fresh, ripe, and nutritious as it can be.

Go outside of this limit and there is an increasing reliance on fossil fuels and a decreasing quality of the food 피어1 다운로드.

For those concerned about pollution, global warming, or oil-addiction these “food miles” are a cause for concern. Farmers face similar concerns, albeit from the other side, with a rising cost of gas and oil-based fertilizers that narrow their profits 다운로드.

Still for others the “go local” movement represents a desire to get the very best food they can find, and that is the fundamental reason for foodsheds 타워링 다운로드.

I’ve tried to document what happens to our health with the advent of low quality foodour acceptance of it, and the difference in nutritional content 다운로드.

These rings of farmland surrounding our communities represent the ideal of sustainable living. Where the countryside is not poverty-stricken, but instead a vibrant economic sector known as much for its wineries and ‘farm-days’ as it is for fresh meat, vegetables, fruits, and nuts 다운로드.

Even more these areas are often recession proof as evidenced by their continual rapid growth during the past half-decade 이미지 파일 다운로드.

It is for all these reasons that the locavore movement is popular and gaining momentum, there is something in it for everyone. Even the beefiest of meat eaters 다운로드.

For further reference I’ve pulled together several maps of America’s foodsheds. Take a look.

san francisco california foodshed map 100 mile local locavore
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Madison, WI
Tucson, AZ
Chicago, IL, in the center and in the inset.
Philadelphia, PA
The Appalachian region (and mountains). Proudly proclaiming to be the best of them all!

References

San Francisco Foodshed Report, American Farmland Trust

Regional Foodshed Initiative, Columbia University

Madison’s 100 mile diet

Tuscon-ivores

Feeding the City, University of Chicago

Greater Philadelphia Food System Study (pdf)

Place-based foods of Appalachia (pdf)

 Video: How Foodsheds affect Global Warming

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