Friday, July 06, 2007

What's your 100 miles?


If you've been listening to my Podcast, you've heard me mention the "100 mile diet" a few times. Well, it's an idea that's really starting to get momentum. More and more people are focusing on eating locally, seasonably, and sustainably, choosing not to consume foods out of the natural season for their area, or foods that have to be transported over great distances, adding to the cost and the environmental impact.

Well, there's now a way that you can do the 100-mile diet and not have to cook for yourself or dry your own beans, can your own tomatoes, or slaughter your own meat. My friend Mia Andrews, head of the Canadian Personal Chef Association, the sister organization of our very own USPCA, is sponsoring 100MileMeals.net to help customers find personal chefs in their areas who can help them eat this 100 mile diet. For now, it's just getting started, but you can check it out to learn more about the diet, and find some chefs in Ontario. Soon there will be more chefs listed, including yours truly in NYC.

Here's a link to a useful tool from www.100milediet.org to help you find just what areas are within 100 miles of your home, or to help you decide which areas will work for you. There are no hard and fast rules about this diet...the idea is mainly that you take charge of your eating habits and think carefully about what you buy, and what path it took to get to you.

I'm blessed to be in New York City, where my 100 miles includes all of Long Island, all of New Jersey, The Hudson Valley all the way up to the Catskills, a good portion of Connecticut, and parts of Northeastern Pennsylvania. WOW!

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