I’ve been reading about supporting local economies lately. How to do it, the benefits of it, and why. Not being at the mercy of a many thousand mile long supply chain with disruptions by weather, port strikes, etc. has value.
This morning I looked down at my bowl of raspberries, blueberries, mangos, and apples and thought none of these are local. The mangos and the raspberries are from Mexico. The blueberries are US grown by a company headquartered in Florida. The apples are probably grown on the West Coast.
What if 90% of what I ate had to come from within 200 miles, or at least be commercially grown within that distance? How would my diet change? A lot. The rice farmers in Texas have received no water allotments for the last four years. As far a I know, the only starch grown around here in commercial quantities is corn. Rio Star grapefruit come from the Rio Grande Valley, just barely within the distance. Very good peaches come from the Hill Country, but with the drought and late frosts, harvests are sporadic. All the usual kinds of meat and varying degrees of exotics (from duck to antelope) are available in the farmer’s markets. My diet would change.
Also the amount of time I spent shopping would greatly increase. And I should plan my meals after I shop, not before. Availability is sporadic.
Conversely, if locally produced food is not satisfactory, where would I move to? Where does the bulk of my food come from?
About the title, obligate means required or necessary. A locavore is someone who eats locally produced food.