Eat Here by Brian Halweil
Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket

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Eating locally is a growing movement that is good for your health—but even better for the planet.

Everyone everywhere depends increasingly on long-distance food. Since 1961 the tonnage of food shipped between nations has grown fourfold. In the United States, food typically travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from farm to plate—as much as 25 percent farther than in 1980. For some, the long-distance food system offers unparalleled choice. But it often runs roughshod over local cuisines, varieties, and agriculture, while consuming staggering amounts of fuel, generating greenhouse gases, eroding the pleasures of face-to-face interactions, and compromising food security. Fortunately, the long-distance food habit is beginning to weaken under the influence of a young, but surging, local-foods movement. From peanut-butter makers in Zimbabwe to pork producers in Germany and rooftop gardeners in Vancouver, entrepreneurial farmers, start-up food businesses, restaurants, supermarkets, and concerned consumers are propelling a revolution that can help restore rural areas, enrich poor nations, and return fresh, delicious, and wholesome food to cities.
 

About Brian Halweil

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Brian Halweil is a researcher at the Worldwatch Institute.
 
Published November 17, 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company. 256 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Some people may ask, ""what's wrong with getting my food from some distant land, if the food is cheap and the system works?"" The point Halweil, a senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute, makes throughout this book is that those prices are artificially low, and the system is actually broken.

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