Wednesday, June 06, 2007


No, they're not crazy-hungry: they're people who are focusing their diet on locally produced foods. They even have a book! "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver. The
writeup in today's Tribune
(in the food section!) was quite interesting. For example, I hadn't really thought much about how much fossil fuel is burned in our present system of food production and transportation. Or the impact of mega-farms on the spread of disease (as in the recent problems with contaminated lettuce and spinach). Or that farm subsidies for certain crops pre-determine the ratio of produce and products available to us. The idea of "eating locally" sounds great, but for all practical purposes, it is a luxury for people of relatively independent means. I can't imagine any of our low-wage workers here in Chicago being able to move to a small farm and make a go of it. At any rate, the article is interesting; the idea deserves some development.


Maureen said...

Sister, for at least 20 weeks of the year, some Chicago-dwellers can make a go of it by buying a share of a farm. For about $25/week, one gets a box (plenty for a family of 4, I'm told)of fresh local produce from a specific farm. St. Benedict's parish on the northside will be a drop off point this year for one such arrangement. The other option is the farmers market and some arrangements are available for farmers markets to accept something like food stamps from pregnant women, mothers of young children and the elderly. Its just the other 30 weeks of the year when it is difficult.

Anonymous said...

New Orleans also has several great farmer's markets in addition to the original French Market Produce Stand in the Quarter. A local dairy is usually featured with the most delicious creole cream cheese! I have also heard of a shared farm situation like Maureen described, but that was pre-Katrina. I hope it starts back up!---harv681