Join us at the 5th FamilyFarmed EXPO
March 13, 2010 10am – 6pm
And enter for a chance to win amazing foodie prizes

You won’t want to miss this year’s Local Food Festival! There will celebrity chef demos, be fun and engaging workshops about local food, urban agriculture, growing your own food and even raising chickens in your backyard. You can also meet farmers, sign up for a CSA and learn how to eat local year-round. Round out your day by checking out the Kids’ Corner, Local Food Court and EXPO bookstore.

We’re also celebrating our 5th year of the FamilyFarmed EXPO with a Contest! Enter for a chance to win dinner for 4 at Frontera Grill & meet Chef Rick Bayless, a year’s worth of dairy products from Organic Valley, or a Burrito Party for 50 from Chipotle!

Get your tickets today!
Saturday March 13, 2010 10 am – 6 pm
UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt, Chicago IL
Produced by Familyfarmed.org

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Some Reflections on the Locavore Movement

Why Eat Locally?

Our food now travels an average of 1,500 miles before ending up on our plates. This globalization of the food supply has serious consequences for the environment, our health, our communities and our tastebuds. Much of the food grown in the breadbasket surrounding us must be shipped across the country to distribution centers before it makes its way back to our supermarket shelves. Because uncounted costs of this long distance journey (air pollution and global warming, the ecological costs of large scale monoculture, the loss of family farms and local community dollars) are not paid for at the checkout counter, many of us do not think about them at all.

What is eaten by the great majority of North Americans comes from a global everywhere, yet from nowhere that we know in particular. How many of our children even know what a chicken eats or how an onion grows? The distance from which our food comes represents our separation from the knowledge of how and by whom what we consume is produced, processed, and transported. And yet, the quality of a food is derived not merely from its genes and the greens that fed it, but from how it is prepared and cared for all the way until it reaches our mouths. If the production, processing, and transport of what we eat is destructive of the land and of human community — as it very often is — how can we understand the implications of our own participation in the global food system when those processes are located elsewhere and so are obscured from us? How can we act responsibly and effectively for change if we do not understand how the food system works and our own role within it?

Eat Locally!

Can we stay within a 100 mile radius? While corporations, which are the principal beneficiaries of a global food system now dominate the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food, alternatives are emerging which together could form the basis for foodshed development. Just as many farmers are recognizing the social and environmental advantages to sustainable agriculture, so are many consumers coming to appreciate the benefits of fresh and sustainably produced food. Such producers and consumers are being linked through such innovative arrangements as community supported agriculture and farmers’ markets. Alternative producers, alternative consumers, and alternative small entrepreneurs are rediscovering community and finding common ground.

Above reflections excerpted from the website Locavores.com

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