What you need to know:
Think Globally. Act Locally.
In addition to these benefits, you are also preserving genetic diversity when you shop locally.
“In the modern agricultural system, plant varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen uniformly, withstand harvesting, survive packing and last a long time on the shelf, so there is limited genetic diversity in large-scale production. Smaller local farms, in contrast, often grow many different varieties of crops to provide a long harvest season, an array of colors, and the best flavors. Livestock diversity is also higher where there are many small farms rather than few large farms.” – The University of Vermont
My response: what can we do?
My first approach to tackling this issue was to start hyper-locally: in my own backyard. Over the past week, I started a garden and planted some herbs that I have been implementing into my cooking. My goal is to start planting vegetables and fruits that can be used as the primary component of a meal. Starting a garden is a small step, but I hope that this will inspires others to do the same. Any efforts towards reducing food miles is productive, so I hope that this inspires others to make some sort of shift — no matter how small. Below I have included some examples of the types of herbs I have planted:
My second response to this issue is to make sustainability easy for individuals that are new to shopping locally. Since I live in Northern California, I researched the food that is in-season and accessible at local markets during different times of the year, along with dishes that can be made using these ingredients. I will distribute this guide to members of my community — including friends, family, and neighbors — and I encourage you to research the foods that are in-season in your local area!
My third and final attempt to mitigate climate change through promoting locally-sourced food is to plan a community gardening day with the members of my town.
Community Garden Blueprint:
How will you help?
In the comment section below, please share your response(s).
(1) After viewing this presentation, what is one feasible change you can implement in your own life to shop and eat more sustainably?
(2) What solutions can you think of to lower our carbon and waste footprint when purchasing food?
(3) How do people in your life (i.e. community members, neighbors, friends, family, etc.) shop sustainably? What inspiration can you draw from these actions?