#LiveLocal

Err, hello, um, what’s all this #livelocal thing??? 


I’d seen a bit of twittering about this (hence the # tag – used in twitter to make searching easier) and wondered what it was so I headed over to Becca’s blog to find out more. Here I saw that Becca was about to spend the next 7 days (she’s started today I think) trying to only eat foods that had been grown with 100 mile radius of where she lives in Sydney, Australia.

Interesting challenge I thought and then also spotted that it was a wider initiative to get people to undertake projects and habit changes that were locally focused,such as cycling to work. 

Hmmm wonder if I can join in and what I could do. A few tweets later and I’m signed up at LiveLocal as the first UK participant (woo hoo I’m a global first – yes quite!). Then to thinking about a plan. I like Becca’s local eating idea and I already try to buy local food but its pretty easy to realise that you can do much more and that also you might have to make some sacrifices along the way.


I decide to investigate where a 100 mile radius allows me to source food from using this map tool and find that as well as a the whole of the South East and much of the Midlands, Calais and Boulogne are within 100 miles! I’m not quite sure that northern France can be called eating locally when I live in East London. So I think again, I want to do something that starts to shift my eating habits to local and decide on the following: 

  • my cupboards and freezer are stuffed full of things that have been lurking for sometime, so first part of the challenge is to start munching through these. I’ve already probably burnt a giant carbon footprint acquiring them so I really should get on with making use of them.
  • dried and frozen foods aren’t going to cut it for a whole week though are they so anything extra I need has to either come from my herb garden or be sourced from an area bounded by the Thames to the south, the east coast of England, a line up from the western edge of the M25 and a line cutting across from Norwich. I’m guessing this about the same area as 100 mile circle (or less) but seems to make more sense as to the direction I should look for food stuff.
  • I’m only to walk, cycle or take the Tube/bus to the shops but I can incorporate shopping into an existing car trip.
  • I’m going to think about everything I eat or drink and wonder about its provenance and whether I can change how I buy it. I know right now I’m not going to give up coffee so am I buying the most ethical I can and I am supporting a local roasters.

 


It seems easy on the face of it but I think it’s going to be quite hard, but I’m enjoying thinking about how to be more local in my choices. I’ll be blogging about how I’m getting on so come back to find out more. Wish me luck!

8 thoughts on “#LiveLocal”

  1. Good luck, I look forward to seeing what you manage to achieve. If needing to sub olive oil I recommend rape seed oil from Hillfarm; within your mileage allowance

  2. Good luck, I look forward to seeing what you manage to achieve. If needing to sub olive oil I recommend rape seed oil from Hillfarm; within your mileage allowance

  3. I’m sure it would be much easier to do this kind of thing somewhere not as international as London. Back in Devon, for example, there’s always a friend or neighbour with chickens in their garden or who’s caught too many mackerel down at the pier, etc… You almost can’t avoid it!

  4. I’m sure it would be much easier to do this kind of thing somewhere not as international as London. Back in Devon, for example, there’s always a friend or neighbour with chickens in their garden or who’s caught too many mackerel down at the pier, etc… You almost can’t avoid it!

  5. Grethic: thanks for the tip – I’m already onto the Hill Farm stuff from a while back, see my Tasting Oil post:

    http://withknifeandfork.blogspot.com/2009/03/tasting-oil.html

    but I’m promising not to use anything else this week. Could be quite hard.

    canelvr: I imagine it is, we go to Suffolk a lot and you could well within a 10 mile limit. I think some of the hardest will be the things you just can’t grow in the UK -like coffee….

  6. Grethic: thanks for the tip – I’m already onto the Hill Farm stuff from a while back, see my Tasting Oil post:

    http://withknifeandfork.blogspot.com/2009/03/tasting-oil.html

    but I’m promising not to use anything else this week. Could be quite hard.

    canelvr: I imagine it is, we go to Suffolk a lot and you could well within a 10 mile limit. I think some of the hardest will be the things you just can’t grow in the UK -like coffee….

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