JB MacKinnon and Alisa Smith, authors of the book, Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet – Turning an Idea into a Movement
When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically travelled at least 1,500 milesâ€”call it “the SUV diet.” On the first day of spring, 2005, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon (bios) chose to confront this unsettling statistic with a simple experiment. For one year, they would buy or gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Since then, James and Alisa have gotten up-close-and-personal with issues ranging from the family-farm crisis to the environmental value of organic pears shipped across the globe. They’ve reconsidered vegetarianism and sunk their hands into community gardening. They’ve eaten a lot of potatoes.
For more information about The 100 Mile Diet, please visit 100milediet.org.