Urban Ecology Center Talks ‘Plenty’ About Local Food
Stepping outside of the industrial food model and our
consumer-driven, fast-paced, fast-food culture by purchasing locally grown food
at farmers’ markets and natural food stores is becoming an increasingly popular
way to help the planet.
Canadian authors Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon,
however, took it a step further. After learning that food often travels great
distances to reach our homes, they committed themselves to a year of eating
only locally grown food (defined as food grown within 100 miles of their
apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia). Smith and MacKinnon’s
experiment, a 12-month journey to reconnect with the people and places that
produced what they ate, culminated in the book Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet.
Smith and MacKinnon knew this test would not be
easy—365 days without sugar, beloved cereals and even their favorite beer—but
little did they know that the year would transform their lives. Plenty offers readers an enlightening,
thought-provoking story as told by a humorous, warmhearted Canadian couple.
Smith and MacKinnon are both free-lance journalists.
Smith writes regularly for Reader’s
Digest and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. MacKinnon is
the author of the acclaimed nonfiction book Dead
Man in Paradise and has been the recipient of three National Magazine
Awards for journalism.
Milwaukeeans are invited to a book discussion on Plenty at the Urban Ecology Center on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., sponsored by Boswell Book Co. (The authors will not be present at the discussion.) To register, call 414-964-8505.