Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Jen & Chris with a Red Salmon on the Kenai River.
Jen dip-netting. This is a VERY posed picture. The day was miserable rainy and Jen only lasted about 15 minutes of this. No fish were caught.
Chris fishing in Humpy Cove from our sailboat, outside of Seward.
Leah with Anna on her back, berry-picking together.
This next year, we will be planting a garden in our backyard (we set up the beds this year) and will be exploring other Alaskan edibles, from fungi to seaweed! We also have raspberries all along the side of our house.
SOME THOUGHTS ON LOCAL FOOD to ponder....
- Americans put almost as much fossil fuel into our food as our cars. We're consuming 400 gallons of oil a year per citizen (about 17% of our nation's energy use) for agriculture, a close 2nd to our vehicle use. But getting the crop from seed to harvest takes only 1/5 of the total oil used for our food. The lion's share is consumed during the trip from the farm to your plate. Each food item in a typical US meal has traveled an average of 1,500 miles. If every US citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country's oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. That's not gallons, but barrels.
- Local, fresh foods TASTE better! Food is the rare moral arena in which the ethical choice is generally the one more likely to make you groan with pleasure! Eating home-cooked meals from whole, in-season ingredients obtained from the most local source available is eating well, in every sense. Good for the habitat, good for the body.
- Find your nearest farmers' markets and local producers: www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets. Also, check out http://www.localharvest.org/ and http://www.csacenter.org/ and http://www.slowfoodusa.org/
Now, back to eating...