Local Food Web Sites
Visit the Local Harvest Web site to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area. Click on "products" to read a brief description about various farm products, then search for suppliers. There's also a new restaurant section, featuring establishments that specialize in regional favorites. (Encourage your local restaurants to add their listings!)
Another interesting Web site is FoodRoutes, a project of FoodRoutes Network, a national nonprofit that supports organizations working to rebuild local, community-based food systems. According to their Web site, "It has been estimated that in the US the average item of food has traveled 1500 to 2500 miles to reach your dinner table." Browse the site for lots of interesting articles, facts, and inspiration for supporting your local farmers.
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Reading the book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, by Eric Schlosser (Perennial Publishing, 2002; $14.95), will make you think twice about dining regularly at fast-food restaurants. Although the author doesn't try to hide his journalistic slant, he does present a well-researched and compelling story, incuding vignettes of the challenges faced by people working in the fast food industry. Published a few years ago, the book likely contains some outdated information, but nonetheless it is provocative.