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Foodsheds (aka food miles)
Fri 22-Jan-10
7:41 am
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JoannaS
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Have you ever looked in your pantry and worked out where all your food is coming from? I had to do that on my course when we were studying foodsheds and plot it on a map and then link it to where I lived - it can be a bit of a spidersweb. Watersheds looks at where water comes from that feeds a river, so foodsheds looks at where food comes from to feed a person, household or community. In one way getting food from different places means we are not dependent on our own local weather system if something goes wrong, but also getting food from a long way can mean that if there is a problem with transport we get stuck - think what happens when there is a lot of snow.

It is interesting to see where food does come from and then to work out whether it needs to come from so far away. If communities are to be more sustainable they need to be able to source more food locally and to be able to have a diverse enough range of foods to be healthy and to survive when conditions are not so good. And what has this to do with the forum - by thinking about where our food comes from more carefully we break the power of the big companies.

So here endeth todays lecture WhistleWhistleWhistleWhistle

Mon 25-Jan-10
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I didn't know the term 'foodsheds' but have known the concept for a while. I do use local shops who use local suppliers for what we don't grow, and supermarkets only occasionally (every 6 weeks maybe?).

On the lines of breaking the power of big companies, have you seen this search engine?  It says that every search generates money which buys tropical rainforest to protect it, and that the searches are run using renewable energy. I just heard about it today, and it says I have saved 43.7sq.m. of rainforest. If even part of that is true it is worth using instead of Google.

http://www.ecosia.org>

Tue 26-Jan-10
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I grow my own and sometimes buy locally, would be more but need more contacts and more language or as will probably be the case grow more of my own. Still there are things that are hard to avoid like peppercorns from Vietnam, tea from Sri Lanka (well that was where some of mine comes from), wine from Chile (maybe we will try some fruit wines this next year) but I was impressed to find out that quite a few of the grains I buy are from Latvia or Lithunania.

Off to Riga today so will have to check out that site another time but looks interesting.

Sun 31-Jan-10
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I really struggle with this.  It is a constant tug between being eco friendly and budget restrictions.  back and forth. When we had the allotment last year, we did really well.  I just hope at our next house wehave a garden that we can really use to full capacity.

Mon 1-Feb-10
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I can remember being really strapped for cash at times and that sure does limit the amount of local or organic food you can buy but one thing I did find was a local wholefood supplier called Lembas, based in Sheffield, and a group of us would get together and buy bulk from them, not always any more local but at least I felt better about their sources. Cheers Sure there must be other similar ventures and other like-minded souls, unless you live far away like some of us do Confused

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