As food movements are slowly beginning to emerge, evolve, and expand to all areas of the world, people are gradually trying to bring back elements of their life to a local stage. Documentaries have begun to open people’s eyes to the world of agricultural production and consumption. Images of animals in factory farms, and genetically-modified, pesticide-filled fruits and vegetables fill an hour-and-a-half documentary, leaving viewers with a sense of anger and guilt for being a part of that system of production. Viewers also witness instances of the disturbing, unethical treatment of animals, in addition to learning of the potentially harmful side effects of eating things that are not naturally produced. Understandably, the thought-provoking images and unsettling information shown have begun to upset many people.
Consumers want to ensure the health of their children, and that they themselves will live long and healthy lives. This notion has sprung into a new movement known as being a locavore: someone who desires to consume local food. It is a movement where consumers become more interested in eating food that is produced locally, typically within a 100-mile radius from their home. One essential aim of this movement is the desire to create a more sustainable food system, and to break the dependence on mass-produced food imports. As such, purchasers strive to be more eco-conscious and take care of where their home is, while supporting those around them.
The locavore movement has generated a key opportunity for local producers, as a new market has opened up for their products. For instance, in Ottawa a Locavore Artisan Food Fair takes place a couple times a year, where local produce, sweets, and products are available for purchase in one convenient location. In other areas of the city, such as on Parkdale Avenue, at Brewer Park and in the Byward Market, there are farmers’ markets that are open in the summer seasons. But when it gets too chilly, consumers can find solace in knowing that there is a winter solution for their locavore cravings at the Lansdowne Park Farmers’ Market every Sunday. Vendors have everything from local seasonal produce, to jams and jellies, all the way to locally-made kitchen aids.
Being a locavore is a growing, new trend where people can take charge of their food consumption and make a difference–even in their own backyards! City dwellers may lack the space to grow their own food, but they can still eat locally, and have fresh fruits and vegetables year round. You can benefit from eating seasonally, and enjoy lettuce that could have been picked an hour before you bought it at a market! And nothing tastes better than fresh produce. Being a locavore is a trend that helps support the local community and encourage sustainability, and it is an opportunity to consume food that may be organic. Food revolutions are catching people’s attention, whether from reading an article in the paper or seeing a documentary on Netflix. The locavore movement is a great way to take part in something local that carries the good vibes that people want in their lives. It’s a food movement based on good, and let’s admit it, who doesn’t like a good snack?