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Could you survive on local produce only?

Created by Jane Jackson in Jane Jackson's Blog



I was out celebrating a 60th birthday this weekend, and very enjoyable it was to. I like meeting new people and finding out all about them.

The area we were in is trying to become A Transition town.

“What is Transition?
Pretty well every part of our modern lifestyle has developed on the back of plentiful cheap fossil fuels, and the belief that the planet’s capacity to absorb our waste is limitless. The demand for cheap oil is rapidly outstripping supply (Peak Oil) which will make it less available and more expensive. The result of uncontrolled burning of fossil fuels is contributing to possibly life-threatening climate change. For many years environmental scientists have warned that neither scenario is sustainable and that we need to devise different ways to achieve our goals of a fair, safe and sustainable society.The concept of Transition Towns was devised by a permaculture lecturer Rob Hopkins, who realised that the biological systems that sustained the planet in balance should be the inspiration for our response to these problems. He also realised that humans had resources of knowledge, ingenuity, innovation, invention, vision and determination and that we should use these to prepare ourselves for a possibly quite different world. A Transition Town is one that has decided to bite the bullet and devise ways to be more resilient to the challenges, not by beating ourselves around the head or wearing hair shirts, but by involving the whole community in new ways of doing things, taking more responsibility for our own future and having a fulfilling life into the bargain.”

So a great many conversations were to do with Transition.

One person I was talking to had decided, as part of raising public awareness, to spend a month eating and drinking only local produce.

A local fruit and veg shop agreed to supply what they could for her, and the whole community was involved.

She said that bread was a absolutely impossible as there was nowhere within the 50 miles radius rule who grew wheat, eventually she found a local supplier of spelt flour and she made her own bread from that.

Apparently, carbohydrates is a real problem.

The easiest things were meat and dairy.

Of course she couldn’t drink tea or coffee, although when visiting a friend they brewed up an interesting cup of nettle and raspberry tea!!!

She has no completed her month, and she said that it has really made a difference to where she shops, and what she eats.

Joining us for the party was very exciting for her, I noticed the plate was full!

What a great thing to do and maybe I will try it, but for a week maybe not a month, if I do I will keep you all informed.

Jane.

 

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