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Eating la vida local

Post by News Tribune Staff on April 27, 2007 at 6:11 am | No Comments »
April 27, 2007 6:11 am

My out-of-state horoscope guru dude counsels me thusly this week:

"According to the macrobiotic approach to diet, the healthiest food for you to eat is that which has been grown near you, or at least in the same latitude. Unless you live in the tropics, for instance, bananas shouldn’t be on your menu. Let’s make that meme your Metaphor of the Week, Aquarius. According to my interpretation of the omens, all your best bets will be local and homegrown."

What a culinary coincidence. I’m working, and chewing, on that very topic right now. Here are two local sustainability events this week:

On Saturday, The Sustainability Connection conference at University of Puget Sound will explore sustainable agriculture and consumer issues. The conference’s snack session promises local, organic and vegan fare.

On Monday, S.T.E.P.S. (Sustainable Tacoma Environmental Project Series) presents "Live Sustainably, Eat locally,” a panel session featuring Pierce County farmers and activists discussing ethics and economics of eating locally. "Live Sustainably, Eat locally”: 7 -9 p.m. Monday at the Tacoma Friends Meetinghouse, 2508 S. 39th St. (behind Borders Books), Tacoma.

Panelists include Holly Foster of Zestful Gardens; Jennifer Harte of WSU Extension Services Small Frams Program; Terry Carkner of Terry’s Berries; Cheryl Ouellette, aka Cheryl the Pig Lady; and Will Leslie, a local food advocate.

Is eating local important to you? Would you be more likeley to patronize a restaurant is you knew its meat, eggs, milk, fruit and vegetables all came from within 100 miles of here?

What are your favorite sources of locally produced meat, eggs, milk, fruit and vegetables? Where do you buy them?

Farming and growing
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