Comments: Better late than never: Joining the Eat Local Challenge

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The folks that made the 100 mile diet popular among those that read eco-blogs now have a website that has a simple but handy Google map: http://100milediet.org/

Don't know where to go to find local food? http://www.localharvest.org/ is a good place to start.

Meg, I'm really interested in your participation. I hope you'll write up your experience at the end of the month and let us know how it went.

Justin, I will certainly share the experience as I go along and I'm sure to have some conclusions at the end. I'm pretty sure already that it's going to include a) very difficult and b) very expensive.

How is the local issue in Bogota? I would have thought that a lot of your produce is very locally produced? Sure you don't want to join in? ; )

Eat lots of Brie...it's practically right in our own backyard!

Ooh, that's a good point! I was thinking I would have to confine myself to the endless varieties of goat's cheeses from the Loire valley!

Very expensive? Really? I don't know too much about food subsidies in France, but it seems that local would be cheaper.

Here in Bogota it's very easy to eat domestically. I almost always do. The problem (and the reason why I can't really participate in the Challenge) is that I have no idea where in Colombia something is from. I can probably guess that the pineapple is from the coast, which is pretty far away, but I have no idea which province most stuff is from. There are no signs telling me like at the Whole Foods.

So we pretty much eat domestically (cheese, unfortunately, included) with the occasional apple from the US. The only item we buy regularly that is imported is wine (usually from Chile and Argentina) and sorry, but I'm not giving that up. I'll drink Colombian rum, but the domestic 2 buck chuck that they sell is an insult to the grapes.

Justin, if you think about it, it's natural that the locally grown stuff is more expensive: it's generally small producers who have small niche markets who produce locally. The cheap food is produced bulk anywhere from the Netherlands to Spain. If I buy flour from the organic market, it's locally grown and ground, but in small quantities. I have to pay for that...but it's worth it, I think.

Hi Meg - Really glad to have your participation! I was excited when I saw your name come through the Locavores site yesterday. It's going to be interesting to hear what your results will be in France. Looking forward to it.

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