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The 100-mile Diet -Has anyone tried it?

I just came across an article on the 100-mile diet. The premise is that you should eat foods that were grown within 100 miles of where you live. This helps support local farmers, decrease dependance on petroleum b/c it's shipped shorter distances, and food tastes better because it's grown for taste, not for preservation while shipping.
I live in California, so in theory this should be easier for me b/c we have so much great produce and agriculture within 100 miles.

I wouldn't mind trying this for a couple weeks. It would be hard because it would only consist of non processed food (unless you know all the ingredients and processing was within 100 miles) Should I start a team? Would anyone join me?


Fri. Jul 7, 4:43pm

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OP here, here's the link to the Time article I found


Friday, July 07, 2006, 4:45 PM

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how the heck are you supposed to know? None of the grocery stores I go to say where the food came from

Saturday, July 08, 2006, 6:22 PM

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I think this would be tough for an extended period of time, especially during the winter. But, almost anyone could incorporate the principles into their diet by going to local farmer's markets in the summer months, eating seasonal vegetables and perhaps (if you have to proper basement or cellar) storing food the way we did a hundred years ago and doing some canning.

Trader Joe's sources some of their produce and refridgerated goods (eggs, milk) locally and regionally as well because it's cheaper that way, which seems to be another principle in the article.

Sunday, July 09, 2006, 12:40 PM

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I've been shopping at local farmers' markets (within a 40 mile radius) in the Uk for the past year or so. It feels great to be free of the big supermarkets and to be eating real food. It has also made weight loss easier and it is now a pleasure to go shopping. I'd definetely recommend giving it a go.

Farmers' markets in the US:

Farmers' markets in the UK:

Monday, July 10, 2006, 5:09 PM

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Thank you to the UK poster! I found a list of all Sacramento farmers markets in the link you provided. In California I feel I have no excuse for eating produce outside of my state, we have such an abundance.

Monday, July 10, 2006, 6:28 PM

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Thanks so mmuch to the UK poster, i found a farmers market right up the street from me. Granted its only for a few months in the summer but this is neat ;)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 11:55 AM

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I'm pretty sure it's a lot easier to do this diet when you live somewhere with a long growing season. I live in wisconsin. To do this diet, I'd have to give up bananas, peaches, pineapple, tomatoes most of the year, lettuce most of the year, olives, in fact, I'd pretty much have to do away with most vegetables for about 7-8 months a year.

But, heck you live in california, so have at it! Pardon my jealousy :)

Thursday, July 13, 2006, 10:53 AM

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