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Monday, May 5, 2008
I am almost done reading Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally, which is written by the same folks who brought you The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating. It is a fascinating book, part memoir and part glimpse into the history of our land. It is fascinating to know that humans (especially Americans) expect and require foods that travel thousands of miles before ending up at their grocery stores. As a result of our pillaging, the earth's atmosphere is being destroyed and we're losing touch with what wonderful offerings the earth has to give us. There are thousands more types of edible fruits, for example, than we've ever even heard of, let alone set our eyes upon. And yet we're content to eat the normal few that we're used to: apples, grapes, oranges, berries, bananas, melons. Reading this book has erupted in me an explosive desire to change. I already believe in the power one person has to change the world; why else would I be spending time writing this blog and discussing my vegan and green beliefs if I didn't? Now is my chance (and yours, by extension) to make one more change for the better: trying the 100-mile diet. Heck, don't even start out that small. First, try just a thousand-mile diet, then go down as you feel comfortable. I will try it, too. We won't be alone in our goal to restore this earth, our home, to its origins.