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Transition to local food

Is your city sustainable? Can it even begin to feed itself? There is a movement to grow a local foodshed.

It started out in Vancouver, as a couple comitted to food grown within 100 miles of their home. That became a movement, adopted by food activists.

Now, with rising food prices, concerns about climate change and Peak Oil, and a demand for more wholesome food - cities are changing bylaws (Hello chickens and bees!) - and mandating local food purchases. They hope to develop both employment and food security.

Alisa and James take turns explaining their food adventures, seeking a return to local production. Recently they spent 4 months in a Spanish village. Europe may not be as advanced as you think!

There are pitfalls, and rediscovery of old foods, and ways to keep growing year-round, even in the North. A comparison of Farmers' Markets, and local food standards.

Well spoken, bright ideas, lots of research and experience went into this gem, sure to be a lasting classic. Presented by the Museum of Vancouver, The Tyee magazine, and Tides Canada.

Recorded by Alex Smith, of Radio Ecoshock at the Museum of Vancouver, November 25, 2010.

End song: "Sold" by Dan Mangan, Album "Nice, Nice, Very Nice".

Download the audio for this episode here.

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