Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Are you ready to be a "locavore"?

Ever hear the term "locavore"? If you haven't, you will soon. And you may be one in the not too distant future.

As fuel and food prices climb, the idea of shipping food hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles, becomes more and more economically daunting. Grapes from or apples from New Zealand may not sound so good at $10 a pound.

In an effort to keep food prices reasonable, more and more people are thinking about buying food produced locally. They are becoming "locavores". It's not as difficult as it sounds.

Beef and poultry can be, and are, produced almost anywhere. Fish may be a little harder to come by, but if you're down with catfish, trout, or bass, you can find those in many locations.

Fruits and vegetables? Well, that's a bit harder. But, when you think about it, here in North Texas, we can enjoy most warm weather veggies, peaches, citrus, all kinds of goodies grown within a hundred miles or so.

The part I don't know about is what do we get during the off-season? I'm sure there are answers to that, especially here in Texas. If you live in Minnesota, well, I don't know.

Regardless, some are looking into this already. The rest of us may be forced to move in this direction in the near future.

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