Model – Article on Localism in New Yorker
Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker writes on procuring and eating a meal entirely produced in the five boroughs of New York City, featuring markets, rooftop honey, and a slaughterhouse. Below is a brief extract from the article.
“I was arranging to kill a Bronx chicken as part of a project that I had begun a month or so beforeâ€”to spend a week eating only food grown or raised within the five boroughs of New York City. â€œLocalismâ€ (or â€œlocavoreâ€ eating, as itâ€™s sometimes called) is, as many people now know, a movement that has rules, Web pages, and books devoted to it. Its central idea is that one should try to eat only things grown within a narrow â€œfoodshedâ€ around oneâ€™s own home, and in the past year localism has been the subject of a couple of folksy, how-we-did-it books, records of how their authors nailed down their diet to the local goods: â€œPlenty,â€ by Alisa Smith and J. B. Mackinnon, which recounts the authorsâ€™ yearlong experience of eating only from a foodshed around their Vancouver home, and â€œAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle,â€ by Barbara Kingsolver, which tells of a similar dogmatic diet, undertaken for a year around Kingsolverâ€™s house in southwest Virginia.
The point of localism is to encourage sustainable agriculture by eating things that nearby friends and farmers grow or raise and that donâ€™t have to be shipped halfway around the world, guzzling fossil fuel, to get to your table. The rules generally involve eating within a radius of a hundred or sometimes three hundred miles, and are undertaken in places, like Berkeley and the Pacific Northwest, that have a lot of nice produce and plump animals within their circles.”
For the full article visit: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/09/03/070903fa_fact_gopnik