What kind of diet reduces miles rather than calories? Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon's 100-Mile Diet, which has taken off as a new way to think –- and eat -– locally. We'll talk with Alisa about the challenge she and James set for themselves: to eat only food produced within 100 miles of their British Columbian apartment for one year. Can eating locally really help save the planet?
- Alisa Smith, author of "Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally"
- Kozelka 6/13/08: "Eating locally is not just about taste, climate, or supporting local economy but also about supporting sustainablility through organic food. When the food travels across the country large corporations like Cargill are making (lots) money off of by just shipping the food. Also, corporations like Mansanto are promoting the use of oil based fertilizers and harmful chemical for use on monoculture crops and its depleting the soil as well as lowering the quality of the food and making farmers dependent on large corporations. local companies like Organic Valley refuse to do business with the large corporations and get a fair return for the food they grow (why local organic costs a bit more). Peasant farmers in other countries do not get a fair return on their crops. Also, U.S. subsidizes crops like corn and takes the ability of subsistence and to make money away from peasant farmers and indigenous communities. Monocultures deplete soil. So much about this topic."