Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
May 07, 2006

100 Mile Diet - Local Food Recipe For Health

Here is a great idea to connect individual health with the health of the community, the economy and the planet!

It is always preferable to know the sources one's food. This is generally possible when buying locally and is often the only way to ensure quality and purity of the food.

For example commercial honey producers often use corm syrup for their bees even if they claim it to be unprocessed, natural etc., this of course is not the nutrient dense food that our ancestors used for all manner of health enhancing remedies not to mention the great taste! Often the supermarket food manager does not know the source of the food he sells. I.e. wether fresh fish is farm raised or not or the grass fed beef is really grass fed and the list goes on and on. Then there are all the treatments the food may have gone through such as irradiation, pasteurization, chemical additives, preservations and other processes that are often disguised or not mentioned on the labels.

Buying and eating local organic food also ensures freshness and helps keep one away from fast food/processed food diet and propaganda. Often it is the only way to do an end run around the industry friendly government and paid expert authorities' pretense to look after our best interests. When their bull and half truths are more to do with health of the industry they serve.

The following is extracted and adapted from the May 5, 2006 The Current program.

Chris Gupta


100 Mile Diet (Listen to the 3 minute excerpt here)

....Earlier in the program, we heard from Michael Pollan*, the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, and he gave us his take on what to do about what many people are calling an obesity epidemic. He suggested reconnecting with our food, perhaps through the slow food movement or by buying food locally.

Well, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon are two Vancouver journalists who took eating local food to an extreme few of us could imagine. They went on the so called, 100 Mile Diet, eating only food grown within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver. After a year of reporting the results on their blog, they're now putting the finishing touches on a book about the experience. It's due to be published next year.

We ended the show with James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith on the benefits and pleasures of eating what's in your extended backyard.

See also:
*Fat Nation

For several years now, we've been hearing about the ballooning numbers of overweight and obese North Americans so much so, that "obesity epidemic" has become a media catch-phrase almost on a par with "war on terror."

Not too long ago, the United States' Surgeon-General made that link explicitly, referring to obesity as -- quote -- "the terror within" -- unquote. He also warned that if the obesity problem continues to swell, it will -- quote -- "dwarf 9-11 or any other terrorist attempt." -- unquote.

The Surgeon-General's rhetoric might seem a tad overblown, until you consider the steady diet of obesity-themed headlines we hear, seemingly on a nightly basis enough to fill an entire newscast.

So the signs of obesity are all around us. But the causes of our apparent culture of gluttony may not be so obvious. In fact, my next guest suggests that the problem may not be that we love food too much, but that we don't love it enough.

Michael Pollan is a professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, and he's the author of The Botany of Desire. His new book is called The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Michael Pollan joined us from Berkeley, California.

Listen to The Current: Part 2


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