The 100 Mile Diet has been started in 2005 but the urgency and importance of this diet is becoming more and more apparent in 2007. Alisa Smith and Jason MacKinnon was startled when they heard that the ingredients which average North American eats has traveled 1500 miles.
Both of them responded to this disturbing statistic by opting to buy their food and drink within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of their apartment.
Alisa and Jason have stated 13 purposes of 100 Mile diet in their website. In my opinion, the most important purpose of this diet is to preserve our environment. A typical food which traveled 1500 miles will need a considerable amount of fuel. Until now, the transportation industry still utilizes the limited fossil fuel as a main fuel. In addition to the depleting oil resource, transported food will surely contribute to the amount of pollution in our environment.
Few people took this idea seriously back in 2005 when the most serious threat we faced were hurricane and heat. But with the growing numbers of unusual natural phenomenons recently, we should realize that our environment has been badly damaged. Buenos Aires has the first snow in 90 years recently, Chile suffered a cold wave while Bangladesh had the worst flood in the recent years, South Africa is laden with heavy snowfall in July while people in East Europe suffered from extreme heat wave. The occurrences of unusual natural phenomenons keeps increasing. The chief culprit of these events is the increasing number of carbon dioxide emitted.
Doing the 100 mile diet may appear as insignificant in combating the global warming but if we keep doing it consistently then we will manage to spread the words. With more and more people doing this, the effect will be significant. A regional food in North America consists of 17 times less oil and gas than food transported across the country according to the founders. Just like what the founder said, local eating for a global change. Although I agree wholeheartedly with that tag line, a more suitable tag line for the 100 Mile Diet will be 'local eating for a global and waist change'.
Put it this way, consuming local foods will usually mean lesser processed foods. You will bound to eat fresher foods which are less laden with sugar and preservatives. That means that you will eventually become healthier and possibly thinner if you combine it with proper exercises.
100 Mile Diet is hard for some people and easy for some others. As for me, it's not that difficult since 70% of my foods are already grown and gathered nearby. I live in a city which is very close to the sea and farms, thus most of my foods already comply with the 100 Mile Diet. The only thing I need to do is to stop consuming those organic fruits and vegetables which are imported from China (mostly sold in Supermarket). Do you think 100 Mile Diet will have an impact in preserving our nature?
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