I picked this goal because it is most doable.
We do compost our food waste, but the word "All" threw me a bit -- we don't compost meat or dairy products. But then again, thanks to VTVT, I haven't eaten any meat for about two weeks! We don't compost very well though -- that is, we throw everything in a back corner of our yard along with weeds, etc, so it isn't very useful compost for growing. A better goal for this household is a new composting system that allows us to recycle food waste for growing more food.
I do like the invent your own food goal challenge that I saw in Alley Cat's video -- reduce the packaging.
So, to a certain extent, I will do all three.
But, focusing on local -- as I say, I've been trying to do this anyway. I get my eggs delivered from an organic farm about two miles away; I eat a lot of yogurt & have zeroed in on a brand made in Vermont. Bread -- local bakery. Coffee & chocolate -- local VT producers (though obviously the raw material is imported). Greens -- Pete's Greens. So we're in good shape here already, but I'll try to up it!! Also, this isn't food but is found in grocery stores -- I have a commitment to buy only soaps which were made in Vt, or very close by (I got some from New Hampshire last week).
It has been an awesome week.
I am sure we are eating way, way more than 10% local -- despite the fact that we had lots of food already on hand that was not local, but which we couldn't just throw away, obviously; and despite the fact that this is probably the worst time of year to buy local Vermont products -- produce stored over the winter is just about gone, and new produce not yet here in massive numbers. Oh, this was also made a little harder by the decision to eat almost no meat -- there's plenty of grass fed local meat available, but we are staying away from that.
So basically, this is fun and feels good -- happiness studies show we do best when we live in congruence with our values! Eating local fills the bill.
There are problems. Somehow it seems that eating local means more carbs, not something I need! Also, I was wondering when I cooked my local oatmeal this morning if using the gas to cook that oatmeal canceled out shipping dry boxed cereal? Maybe not a fair comparison ...
Another important piece, on the plus side -- this focus has me thinking about trying again to grow much more of our own food. Sunday, we talked about how many peas we would need to plant for a year's supply. Bob came up with the number, 100 pea plants. So maybe we'll do that this weekend. As part of Team Calais's nut tree planting, we are also planting three nut trees -- our yard is right next door, and the trees can cross-pollinate.
Anyway, breakfast has been easy. Dairy products are easy -- milk, yogurt, cheese. Also eggs, just about my most local product (hand delivered from 2 miles away). At the Coop, I found local oatmeal, bread baked with locally grown wheat, local flour. On into lunch -- again, local bread. Tons of local cheeses. Lots and lots of greens, from greenhouses I suppose. Local frozen blueberries -- from Maine, I call that local. I found local veggie burgers (from Waitsfield), local tomato sauces. Dinner, all of the above -- local tofus, local pastas (though I suspect, not made with local wheat), local root vegetables, local wine. Also local kimchee!
I also had a fun conversation with a local farmer!
One night we went out to dinner at a restaurant. Bob ordered a local burger, I ordered locally made ravioli. I balked, however, at the local wine because it was only available by the bottle -- and all I wanted was one glass.
Anyway, bottom line -- this is not hard. Perhaps more expensive -- but perhaps not, given our move away from so much meat. We intend to keep eating this way. Period.
Though, I did tell my husband, I'm not going to be a food Nazi. If I want grapefruit sometimes, not to mention my daily coffee, fine. But, we will probably be eating at least 50% local from now on.