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Are you a "Locatarian"?
October 08, 2009 12:37AM
I was watching an interesting video on You Tube the other day when I came across the term "locatarian" for the first time.

As you can probably guess, this a recently coined term to describe someone who eats only locally produced foods. Admittedly, it wasn't necessarily linked to vegetarianism, but I would have thought it's probably easier to only buy local produce, if all you're trying to get is veg!

Back in Brighton, I bought all my fruit and veg from the greengrocers just up the road, so I was supporting local business but I know their food came from all over. This, I suspect, was in order to satisfy the consumers' demands for all foods, at all times of the year, whether they were in season or not. If I'd wanted to buy all local produce, the nearest place was a 20 minute drive away and very expensive, making it neither an environmentally friendly, nor an economical trip.

Here in Spain, everything is much more seasonal. On one particular day in late June, all the asparagus disappeared off the shelves in every shop. The asparagus season had officially finished and that was that! I've noticed that the fruit and veg stocks in the supermarkets, not just in the little local shops where I buy my produce, changes sometimes on a weekly basis, depending on what is in season.

So - are you a locatarian? Do you try to only eat what's in season? And what do you consider local? Somthing that's travelled 5 miles to get to the shop? 10? Less than 100?

I'll be interested to hear your thoughts.

Emma
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