The 100-mile diet

How many of the resources we consume come from our local communities? Not many. Take food, for instance. The average ingredient travels 1,500 miles to our dinner plates.

Eating food grown in a different locale than our own has detrimental effects on our health and on the health of the environment. Consider the environmental impact of producing, packaging, preserving and transporting food.

 

Consuming local resources, albeit sustainably, is an immediate way to improve our health and reduce our ecological footprint. So how can we do this? Well, one great way to consume locally is to try the 100-mile diet, i.e., only consuming food harvested within a 100-mile radius of where we live. This means thinking about our eating habits, reading food labels carefully (especially the ones that say “Made in USA”), reaching out to local farmers, and if we’re daring, growing our own food.

By prescribing to the 100-mile diet, we’ll become conscious eaters, improve our health and invest in the wellbeing of our local communities, so be sure to check it out.

The idea has been extended to the 100-mile house, i.e., only building with materials available within a 100-mile radius of the house.