Zero Mile Diet Trend A Provincial Hit?

I’ve been scooped!  From the Tyee:

The director of a Vancouver non-profit urban-agriculture group suggests that the eat-local movement may have reached a new tipping point.

“There is definitely a buzz and an interest,” observes City Farmer’s Michael Levenston. “We are busy seven days a week; our classes are full, our phone is ringing. There is certainly a great interest generated in city farming and urban agriculture.”

“Someone here said, ‘This is trendy,’ and trendy can be a good thing,” adds Levenston. “There may be a new generation of food gardeners, and I think that’s very exciting.”

Salt Spring Seeds owner Dan Jason is equally stoked to be riding the home-grown wave. Jason has completely sold out his stock of “Zero Mile Diet” seed kits — a collection of bean, grain, and other seeds tailored to help this region’s people grow most of their own food.

I have to admit, zero mile diet rolls off your tongue a bit better than 10m diet.  Besides, the 10m diet does exclude our neighbours to the south.

I guess “zero mile diet” does roll of the tongue a little easier than my 10m diet, and the zero mile diet does prevent us from excluding our fare neighbours to the south.

Anyways, the notion that a younger generation is taking responsibility for their own food (i.e. gardening) sort of brings a nice, warm feeling inside – sorta like a mix of the warmth from when you were 10 years old and your great grandfather gave you a shot of 40proof Russian vodka to “clear you cold”, and the feeling of a big glass of milk in your lactose-intolerant stomach – well, likely neither of them, but definitely a warm feeling somewhere in between;  that, I am sure of.

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