There is a whole spectrum of issues within the food system that are slowly surfacing to the public through social movements – environmental, health, access to healthy and affordable foods… the list goes on. Eating local has become a growing diet trend in the last few years, as well as a social movement with many political and economic implications. The word “locavore” has entered our language as consumers. Not only does this word represent the commune living tree hugging radicals, but even the Oxford Dictionary claimed it the word of the year in 2007. It is defined as,
a person who makes an effort to eat food that is grown, raised, or produced locally, usually within 100 miles of home.
So, why am I creating this blog? I feel strongly about eating good quality, ethical food, and I want to support local producers to help the local economy, and help shift the paradigm our current food system holds. The goals of food movements are to change the food system we currently live with. I also want to combat the critiques of food movements being elitist and expensive, while also being realistic in the ways we are able to support these food movements without thinking of other aspects of our lives. Everyone should be able to access and afford local healthy food, even broke college students like me. The aim of this blog is to inform, stir thought, and generate ideas for how we can support this food movement without drastically sacrificing our livelihoods, rather using it as a way to improve our livelihoods.