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Sarah and co. fall off the local food wagon. With good reason.

Submitted by on April 7, 2015 – 6:00 am

200km photo 5 While incredibly healthy I'm not entirely sure it's localLocal Lo-carb

By Sarah O’Neil of team ‘Sarah the Gardener and her Reluctant Diggers’ – based in Waikato.
They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge.
Switching out the ‘L’ in local for ‘RB’ in lo carb has been interesting. We have learnt just how inconvenient our voluntary dietary requirements can be.  It would seem we caved at the first hurdle.
A great breakfast, but I'm not sure it's local either.

A great breakfast, but I’m not sure it’s local either.

But it wasn’t just so we could seen to be polite or to avoid a fuss.  While spending the night with friends the question “Is it local?” became a running joke each time food was presented as we all knew it wasn’t likely.  This family had enough trouble gathering together the kind of food that would meet the strict dietary arrangements required to keep their daughter in a position that can be called stable health.

Everyday they are faced with a similar situation to us in that they need to thoroughly examine their food choices.  While ours is a bit of short term fun for a competition spreading awareness to the dodgy state of our food supply chain.  Theirs is a life and death.  So they win…  we won’t inflict our frivolous dietary requirements on their already precarious needs.
It’s only for a day. Walking a mile in their shoes has been quite eye opening. When we get home we will  resume our local journey with a new found humbleness.  Food choice is often not a choice for many.
Come again soon – we shall be back on the wagon wholeheartedly.
While we are confessing - the Easter Bunny came. He tried hard to be as local as he could.

While we are confessing – the Easter Bunny came. He tried hard to be as local as he could.

Sarah  the Gardener: o )
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