Origins of 100-mile diet

The idea of the 100-mile diet or a diet based on food grown within a 100-mile radius of where one lives has become popular partly because of a book by Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating. They chose the title 100 miles rather than 100 kilometres as it rolls of the tongue better. For one year, starting in spring 2005, they decided to buy or gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia. They did this in response to the so-called SUV diet of most North Americans where each ingredient has traveled at least 1,500 miles. Smith and MacKinnon ate lots of potatoes instead of bread and pasta as they took time to find a farmer in BC who grew wheat. In Prince Edward Hastings one could follow a 100-mile diet more easily and one could have a varied diet by eating foods in season. Smith and MacKinnon found it took time to find sources of local food and longer to make food from scratch and to can it for winter. They also found most people have limited idea of what can be grown locally. The 100 Mile Diet gives lots of reasons for eating local and ways of connecting with others in your region.