Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Nature - 236 pages
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Everyone everywhere depends increasingly on long-distance food. Since 1961 the tonnage of food shipped between nations has grown fourfold. In the United States, food typically travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from farm to plate—as much as 25 percent farther than in 1980. For some, the long-distance food system offers unparalleled choice. But it often runs roughshod over local cuisines, varieties, and agriculture, while consuming staggering amounts of fuel, generating greenhouse gases, eroding the pleasures of face-to-face interactions, and compromising food security. Fortunately, the long-distance food habit is beginning to weaken under the influence of a young, but surging, local-foods movement. From peanut-butter makers in Zimbabwe to pork producers in Germany and rooftop gardeners in Vancouver, entrepreneurial farmers, start-up food businesses, restaurants, supermarkets, and concerned consumers are propelling a revolution that can help restore rural areas, enrich poor nations, and return fresh, delicious, and wholesome food to cities.

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When Eating Local Gets Personal 157
The Transcontinental Lettuce
The WalMart Effect
Where Have All the Farmers Gone?
Making Food Deserts Bloom
Taking Back the Market
Leveling the Field
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Brian Halweil is a researcher at the Worldwatch Institute.

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