02 June 2011

Locally Grown - Making a Difference

"If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. Small changes in buying habits can make big differences. Becoming a less energy-dependent nation may just need to start with a good breakfast.”

— Steven L. Hopf in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

I highly recommend this wonderful book by one of my favorite authors. Kingsolver's husband and daughter also contribute chapters on this internationally important topic.

I'm headed to Ireland tomorrow for a week and may not have access to computers while there. If I don't, I'll catch you later!


  1. I loved that book. It changed how my husband and I eat. Now, every Thursday, we have a box of organic fruits and vegetables delivered from a local farm. Just one family, but that's where it starts.

  2. Great! Thanks for the resource. Have fun in Ireland.

  3. Linda, We did that in CA and it drove our menu for the week. Good way to eat.
    Rosaria, Great book- you'll love it! Ireland with family is always fun.

  4. I would love to have locally grown foods readily available...I would much prefer them...
    Been trying to comment for ages....hope problem is resolved......

  5. Nanny, I hope it's resolved too. I had problems with leaving a comment another site. Is it blogspot? Glad you got through. Thanks.

  6. I loved that book, too. I still think of her adventures with turkeys with big smiles...

  7. So true. We try to visit a farmers' market once a week and stock up. Not only is it good for the planet, it tastes so much better.

  8. I have not read that book. I will get it. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Have a great time in Ireland!

  9. I'm doing my part by buying organic, and local, in the US.
    Have fun in Ireland, my friend!!
    I can't wait to see pictures on a future post!!

  10. That's an astonishing statistic, and an encouraging one. Sometimes it's hard to believe our small efforts will make a difference, but this is wonderful. I wish more local farmers would devote more of the land to local consumption.

    Have a wonderful trip to Ireland, one of my favorite destinations!

  11. DJan, It has lots of good info and a few smiles, too!
    Patti, Our weekly market drives our menu and it does taste so good.
    Sally, I'm having a great time, although this is the first time at a computer. Re: the book- persevere through the first chapter and it gets lighter!
    Lauren, Thanks!
    Gabriele, The photos will follow but now I'm at an internet caffe. Organic and local eating is a great start.
    Ruth, I found all kinds of amazing info in her book. Ireland is one of my favorites as well- more later...


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