Extension Educator, Community Development
Brenda E. Derrick
Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
July 20, 2007
When you sit down to a meal, each item on your plate has typically traveled between 1,500 and 2,500 miles. Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon chose to confront this unsettling statistic with an experiment: for one year, they would eat only locally grown and produced food. Their "100-Mile Diet" made personal such critical issues as global warming, collapsing fish stocks, the loss of family farms, and food safety. At the same time, they learned the joys of reconnecting with community and home ground.
Alisa Smith will speak in Chicago about the "100-Mile Diet" movement and the book that chronicled her year, Plenty: One Man, One Woman and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally, at Fox and Obel Market (401 E. Illinois, phone 312-410-7301) on Monday, August 13 at 6 p.m.