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Alexa Dunn

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Try to eat locally produced fruit and vegetables this summer.

Eat seasonal produce from your local area farms, or your own urban garden. This supports agriculture, commerce in your city, and cuts down on your carbon footprint (less food transported from far away). Attend Farmer's Markets, or join a CSA plan (Community Supported Agrigulture). Use your garage as a CSA farm drop site for your neighborhood, inspiring your neighbors to sign up for a CSA membership too. Pick your own fruit from local u-pick farms. Take a local food challenge!! Preserve fruit/veggies for winter use. Tell your local big chain grocery store you want more locally produced, seasonal foods.

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    Jun 16 2012: I would like to add hunt and fish your own protein.
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    Jun 11 2012: I don't think your idea really helpfull. Living in a heavily industrized area and sea-port metropolis, eat locally grown food maybe not heathly. Addicationly the city produces industrial products and buys food from other places. If we don't buy their food, how they afford to industrial products like cars and household apps they really need?
  • Jun 8 2012: In all seriousness what you recommend is exactly what we need to do to improve the nation's ecological and social health. Krisztians suggestions are wise as well. I love my home-baked bread. it costs about 30 cents a loaf and I can control what goes into it. I don't know how to make my own shoes but there probably will come a time when I will need to learn.
    Thank you for your suggestions. It seems like there are a few people here that need to hear them... fortunately more and more young people are waking up to the true costs of agribusiness. Also most people born before the 1970s, and the age of plastic, know and remember when people knew where their food was coming from.
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    Jun 21 2012: I like this suggestion because it is actionable - at least for me - I live in an agricultural area.
  • Jun 12 2012: I enjoy all the suggestions you've stated. I especially love the Farmers' Markets. They are awesome. You get fresh produce and really tasty honey. I cook, so I like my ingredients to be as fresh and flavorful as possible. Everything tastes better when I make it from scratch. I just learned how to make bread and it is so easy. I don't think I'll be buying store bought any time soon.
  • Jun 8 2012: ah, we have very good mango, deep red and sweet watermelon, melons, and super delicious raspberry :D

    so yeah, I agree :D
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    Jun 7 2012: i also recommend to bake your own bread, and make your own shoes. welcome to the neanderthal lifestyle.
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    Jun 7 2012: Let me be your devil's advocate (or your advocate's devil): I don't want organic apples that look like genetically deviant monsters, I want applish apples from the super market - perfectly standardized, cheap and tasty.

    In short:
    -Sorry, I don't have time for the things you suggest
    -I prefer to buy stuff in my super market, where it's cheap, beautiful and tasty
    -And where I can buy all my stuff in one go
    -I don't like the idea of having to travel just to pick up two apples here, and a cabbage there
    -Moreover, these apples and cabbages are most of the time half rotten, and they don't have apple shapes

    -I will not tell my big chain grocery to buy more local; I will tell them, keep it cheap, beautiful and tasty, that's all I want
    -Local food does not necessarily lower carbon footprints. Big farms, even if far away, are more efficient and have higher yields, thus needing less land for the same amount of food

    In short, what you're suggesting is that I spend a great deal of time on stuff that a super market would otherwise do for me. And I don't have time to do that. That's why I'll stick to the applish apples from the hyper-efficient, ultra-low-cost super market.
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      Jun 7 2012: What is the name of your supermarket?
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        Jun 15 2012: Pick any! The invention of the supermarket and its highly efficient logistical chains has made food extremely cheap, abundant and well preserved.

        Any organic food movement, of which I'm an advocate, should strive to attain the same level of organisation as that of a super-market. Only then will it be able to "internalize" the "externalities" that make super-market food cheap in the store, but costly on environmental pollution, climate change, food sovereignty, etc....
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          Jun 15 2012: Albertson's; Fry's; Safeway; Wal-Mart; Cheap?. . . I don't think so. Beautiful?...... OK. Tasty?. . . not even close to tasty! Am I shopping in the wrong stores?
    • Jun 7 2012: I suppose this is the dominant philosophy in North America. Even if the genetically deviant monster apples are the applish apples with the mouse or jellyfish genes that scientists suspect are causing organ damage. And since when were non-organic foods tastier?

      And who wants to support the local farmers who are your neighbours when you could support Monsanto! They have lawyers to pay after all, and local farmers to prosecute.

      I am sure you have much more important things to do than care for your and your family's health. Isn't the environment where hippies live? Monoculture is God's way of showing the rest of the planet that mankind can do whatever it wants so long as it is profitable. Degraded ecosystems are only a problem if you don't want to eat cultured yeast or soylent green....

      My wit doesn't hold a candle to Edward's. Why do I bother?
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        Jun 8 2012: Indeed, I was trying to show that you have a huge ideology and a huge economic form of organisation to beat and to transform. The task is gigantic. But you have to start somewhere.
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        Jun 11 2012: "Soylent green is PEOPLE!"
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          Jun 16 2012: Maybe his reference is to the zombie apocalypse.