A locavore is a person who makes an effort to eat food that is grown, raised, or produced locally usually within 100 miles from their home. Eating locally not only raises awareness about where our food comes from but also helps the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation of products and helps boost the local economy. People who choose to eat locally gain a greater connection with their community through interactions with local food producers and sellers. Around San Diego County there are Calirfonia Certified Farmer’s Markets held every day of the week and over 6,000 farms producing a variety of organic and sustainable products.
The U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce staff, in both the San Diego and Florida offices, is making a commitment to eat only local food for the entire month of July in an effort to be more sustainable and raise our own eco-awareness about local food systems. Over the next month, we will be charting our progress here on the USGCC blog and our Facebook page.
We challenge you to join us on our quest to eat local through July 2012! If you’d like to be a part of this movement sign up here and we’ll add an extra month onto your membership. Future members can join now and get an extra month on the yearly membership. We will be spotlighting your efforts each week in our newsletter!