" Local " is a context for environment, and has been the way we have lived through most of history. Most other species are entirely local in the way they provide and collect food, and any other needed resource. With a trend leading to the Industrial Revolution, humanity developed more ability to reach further away from where we actually live through trade and transportation technologies relying on commodities originating in remote locations on the globe. Globalism is a term and context where the source for essential products are integrated commercially but at a cost that is clearly not in balance with nature. The return to local reliance and sufficiency is a growing movement in response to the call for sustainability.

Here is a list of freshly coined terms that offer an idea to what this means in redefining our lives in a context of being  "Local" :  

locavore: someone who eats food grown or produced locally or within a certain radius. See also: localvore and localtarian.

: a variation of locavore; a person who eats only locally-grown and produced food

localtarian: a variation of locavore; one who cares about the environmental impact of his or her food choices, someone who finds the majority of what they eat from within a certain radius

beer locavore: someone who only drinks beer brewed within a certain radius of where they happen to be standing or barstool-sitting

slow food: a gastronomic member-supported organization founded to counteract the fast food and fast life and the disappearance of local food traditions

locatect: an architect who provides a strong counterpoint to globalism by utilizing local skills and materials, in a way that responds to local climate, manifests local members, and embodies local stories (see also: locatecture) first coined by journalist Elizabeth Farrelly of The Sydney Morning Herald in an article about architectural language.

: a style of architecture which provides a strong counterpoint to globalism, built by utilizing local skills and materials, in a way that responds to local climate, manifests local mems, and embodies local stories

slow design
: a style of design in which the time is taken to do things well, responsibly, with local components, and in a way that allows the designer, the artisan, and the end user to take pleasure from it.

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture): a model of food production, sales, and distribution aimed at both increasing the quality of food and the quality of care given to the land, plants and animals. It is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA. It usually involves a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of produce, sometimes also eggs, flowers, or even milk or meat products.

ecopreneur: an ecological entrepreneur; an entrepreneur who maintains sustainable business practices

ethicurean: one who attempts to combine ethical food consumption with an interest in epicureanism (an epicure is a person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink); one who attemps to eat ethically without depriving oneself of taste

RSA (Restaurant Supported Agriculture): a food system that connects local famers with local restaurant owners. Chefs and/or restaurant owners commit to purchasing local food products, then design their menus around them.

local food club or local food buying club: a food system similar to a co-op, usually provides delivery of products. often includes foods from multiple local suppliers rather than a single farm. An alternate local food route to a CSA.

agro-tourism: a type of eco-tourism which allows visitors to experience agricultural life first-hand.

plastax: a plastic bag tax

locasexual: a person who chooses to date sustainably by dating someone who lives in their region, avoiding the carbon output of frequent air travel related to a long-distance relationship

source:    http://www.locallectual.com

Locavores: the new food fad

What is a localvore, one might ask?

Well, in the same vein that a carnivore is a being who eats meat, and a herbivore is one who eats plants, a localvore is a person who eats only locally-grown and produced food.

A localvore is a person committed to eating and learning about food grown within their food shed. Localvores recognise that there are multiple benefits of eating food grown close to home. The informal movement has sprouted in the past five years in response to a food supply that has become increasingly global and sprawling.

Image - Sunday Times - July 1, 2007

Localvores ?

A Localvore is a person dedicated to eating food grown and produced locally. There are a lot of good reasons to eat locally grown and produced food.

  • Less resources (primarily fossil fuels) are expended packaging and transporting local food.
  • It supports the local economy - more money remains in our local community.
  • It is healthier - processing and preservatives are less important since the food doesn't have to travel so far.
  • It is safer and thus localvores are less susceptible to foodborn illnesses.
  • It is more honest - honesty in terms of the food source (i.e. organic seeds vs. GMO seeds) and the growing/producing process. It has to be! We are all neighbours.
  • If for no other reason - IT TASTES BETTER!
  • Localvores are people committed to eating and learning about foods grown within their local food shed. They may have varying levels of commitment, but Localvores recognise that there are multiple benefits of eating foods grown close to home.


    How “local” is local?

    Each of us may have a different definition of “local”.

    For some, it may be what they and their neighbours grow themselves.

    For others, it may be food grown within a certain radius of home

    (25 miles? 100 miles? 250 miles?) or grown within their County or region.

    ‘Why Eat Local?

    ‘ Eating Locally…creates less pollution and contributes less to catastrophic global climate change(global warming). When food is produced locally, fewer fossil fuels are used thereby positively impacting our health and the environment.



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