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.