How to Become a Locavore

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 10th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1leqnvz_/
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A herbivore eats plant mater, a carnivore eats meat, an omnivore eats both, a locavore is a person who eats only things they can find locally. A locavore is an environmentally friendly consumer.

What is a Locavore?

Locavore is a fairly new word, only entering the Oxford dictionary in 2007. It is credited to Jessica Prentice of the San Francisco Bay area. The meaning of the word is a simple one, a locavore is a person who eats only locally grown, or produced food.

Each person will have their own definition of what is local and what is not. For some “local” means food that is grown, or produced, within a 100 mile radius, but others may consider only food from their own state, province, or country, as being local.

Some locavores will extend their beliefs beyond just food and into other products, buying only things that were made locally. This is beneficial for the environment as shipping is a problem world wide.

Why Be a Locavore?

Being a locavore is a lifestyle choice, one often made for the good of the planet. When things are shipped to an area a lot of fuel is used. Ships have been said to be disruptive of whale migration and breeding (ship noises drown out whale communication). Greenhouse gases are created when shipping food from one area to another.

Another consideration is that when things are produced elsewhere there is the environmental impact since other areas do not have the same laws, or standards (mass deforestion like we would never allow "in our backyard"). Chemicals may not be so well regulated in other countries, harming the environment just for the sake of profit.

By reducing the demand for foreign produced food, and products, the locavore hopes to “save the world”.

A locavore is supporting their own community, and nation, by keeping their money local, and within their own country.

How to be a Locavore

Being a true locavore is not possible for everyone. It is easier when a person lives in a mild climate where they can garden all year long, or at least for a longer season. It helps if a person has a good farmer's market they can attend. It helps if a person is willing to consume less, and willing to give up certain things that they might like, but that might not be possible to produce in their area. Rural people will have an easier time, but city people can also become locavores, by having a garden, and encouraging neighbors to do the same, and sharing.

Tips to becoming a Locavore
Start a garden, plant fruit trees
Shop at local farmer's markets
Keep free range hens for eggs
Shop at thrift stores and garage sales in your area
Preserve your extra produce or share with neighbors
Look at where your food comes from when at the store
Do not eat at fast food restaurants, or chains – most do not use any local produce
Try being a locavore for one day, then one week, then one month

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Introduction to Homesteading

How to Strengthen your Local Economy

Keeping Pet Chickens

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Close To Home, Diet, Environmentally Friendly, Farmers Market, Food, Green, How To Be A Locavore, Local, Locavore, Shop, Shopping, What Is A Locavore

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar johnnydod
10th Jun 2011 (#)

A new one to me Mark, if we all did this it would certainly help local producers, nice research.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Great article and life style... eating fresh is the best...summertime is a wonderful time to find local markets full of gardens bounty, thank you !

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author avatar Denise O
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Mark, my lunch yesterday was a handful of grape tomatoes from my garden. The first food I have been able to keep down for almost 2 weeks. They tasted great! My blackberries will be here in a week or so. My figs are doing great and the rest of the garden is blooming. The hubby and I have started to search out local foods. It actually is much cheaper and I find we eat less, as we eat more tasty foods, that are grown at a small scale, instead of mass produced ones. I think a all around great idea for you and your community. Always a pleasure reading your work my friend. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar chrysolite
11th Jun 2011 (#)

Hi, Mark, learned something again today! I am a locavore! (my spell-checker doesn't know the word yet! ;)). We do grow our own and are wild crafting or foraging a lot, but true self-sufficiency, I have finally learned, is not always legal. No, I can't collect bird eggs, no I can't fish everywhere etc., etc. But it's not necessary really, there is plenty more. Yes, it does help if one lives in a milder climate or has a greenhouse.

The word had me puzzled at first as I live in Spain and speak Spanish. Loco (for men), loca (for women) means "crazy" in Spanish, so I thought, well, that would fit me! ;)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Mark, I wrote an article for wikinut a few weeks ago titled Grow Locally, Buy Locally, Spend Locally - You Just May Save the Planet.. I'm glad there's a word to describe the practice. Thanks for cluing us in.

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author avatar MAnature
10th Jun 2011 (#)

I love new words... eat local its best :)

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author avatar J A Ridley
10th Jun 2011 (#)

I am a locavore, whenever possible:) Thanks Mark good one

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author avatar J A Ridley
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Funny photo caption:)

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author avatar Angelique Newman
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Great article Mark. I've never heard of a Locavore before but can see it becoming more popular. I totally agree with it; getting your food at farmers' markets or growing it yourself is so much better for the environment.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
10th Jun 2011 (#)

We Hippies--now "old" Hippies--have been thinking this way for decades.

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author avatar richardpeeej
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Thanks for adding a new word locavore to my vocabulary Mark. I do eat local when I can ie the produce from my own garden. Although it needs to be supplimented as I cannot grow anywhere near enough for the family's requirements. Thanks for the share

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author avatar kafsoa
10th Jun 2011 (#)

In Egypt, everybody is a Locavore. We really enjoy variation in fruit and vegetables in different seasons. I missed that when I was abroad. Thanks Mark for information that's new for me:)

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Jun 2011 (#)

Great article Mark, and a new word for me too. Locally grown produce is becoming very popular here in the UK now, and we have a lot of Farmers markets too..Produce tastes so much better... Really great article, and couldn't agree more...

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author avatar johnnydod
12th Jun 2011 (#)

Just having a handful of strawberries from my garden for my breakfast Mark, great article
PS Sorry to here about the loss of your rooster, foxes can be a pest, but I am sure you wont lose heart

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author avatar Retired
12th Jun 2011 (#)

A very interesting concept, Mark, and certainly well worth considering. Thanks!

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
13th Jun 2011 (#)

great new word, actually I am going to spread the word about your article in order to raise awareness and stop usage of factory farm products.

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author avatar chrysolite
13th Jun 2011 (#)

Well done! Yes, I will spread the word, too, as I have always done and now - with a new word!!! :)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
17th Jun 2011 (#)

Mark,
This is a great way to be natural and environmental friendly.

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author avatar vpaulose
21st Jun 2011 (#)

Nature is friendly. Thanks. Thank you also dear Guruji Mark for the STAR you have offered for my article. Please suggest some ideas to write more and better.

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author avatar LOVERME
24th Jun 2011 (#)

THANX MARK

Loverme thanks all friends fans and foes
for this patient wait.
Thanks to all and Wikinut for outliving my patience
LOVERME

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author avatar Retired
28th Jun 2011 (#)

Great article. I'd never heard of this word! ;-)

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author avatar chrysolite
29th Jun 2011 (#)

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author avatar chrysolite
29th Jun 2011 (#)

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author avatar Greenfaol
29th Jun 2011 (#)

A great article, mark. i've been trying this but living in Scotland makes it very difficult for a lot of fruit and veg. We buy as much locally grown/reared food as we can but some things just can't be grown here.
We compromise by buying everything we can locally and then trying to get anything else from the closest regions.
As someone in a rural area, we can buy quite a few things locally, in season and very fresh which is a huge bonus :D Great post :D

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