Happy Earth Day! Obviously there are many ways to lessen our impact on the earth, from transportation to waste reduction, and one of those ways is to incorporate more local food into our diet. Local food travels fewer kms creating fewer emissions (and probably using less packaging to boot). I could go on and on, but seeing as how this is “waste watch wednesday”, we better get on with the main feature.
The 100 Mile Diet is both a concept and a book (written by two engaging Vancouverites I might add), and now it’s a tv show called The 100 Mile Challenge. The best thing is, that they are posting each episode online in its entirety, so regardless of where you live, you can check it out.
The rules are simple. You can only eat food and beverages that come from within 100 miles of your house. Sounds easy, but then you start thinking about things like sugar and flour and tea and coffee, and you realize it’s harder than you thought.
In the book, James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith lived for 1 year on the 100 mile diet (foolishly starting in the depths of winter on January 1st) and have since become spokespeople for the local food movement.
James and Alisa host the show which follows 6 families from the city of Mission, British Columbia as they try to live the 100 Mile Diet for 100 days.
I can’t figure out for the life of me how to embed a clip, so you’re going to have to go straight to the source to watch episode one at http://100mile.foodtv.ca/video/episode-1-purge.
You can find the rest of the episodes here.