The local food movement gains ground. Transcript of radio broadcast:
the VOA Special English Agriculture Report.
locavore is someone who eats foods produced locally. Locavores usually define
local as within one hundred sixty kilometers. This new term grew out of a
reaction to the long distances that food now commonly travels from farm to
Local is a popular word these days in
food advertising. Some American stores, when they buy locally, however they
define it, may even identify the farm.
Farmers markets are also popular. These
are often held once a week, usually in a big outdoor space. And some people
grow their own food at home or in community gardens.
Locally grown food can cost more but
locavores find it more satisfying. Not just the taste, but the fact that they
are supporting local producers.
And some believe eating local is
healthier. This may be true in terms of freshness, but it also depends on how
the food was produced.
Restaurants are also joining the local
food movement. Last year the National Restaurant Association reported big
demand for locally grown produce.
And local food is involved in another
movement -- "slow food." The group Slow Food USA is part of the
movement that started in Italy in answer to fast food. The aim is to honor the
tradition of foods prepared and enjoyed with time and care, like a fine
The city of Sonoma, California, is
getting in the spirit of the local food movement. The city is located in the
wine-making Sonoma Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. Next week, the City
Council is expected to approve changes to make it easier to raise chickens and
rabbits on smaller properties.
is sure how many people want to. But anyone with a single family house and a
fenced backyard could keep as many as sixteen chickens and eight rabbits.
Larger properties could have more. Either way, a permit and inspection would be
could sell eggs but not meat -- that is, if the animals are used for meat. City
officials did research about other places with similar rules. They learned that
people often end up giving their chickens names and treating them like pets.
If that happens, Sonoma residents will
have no trouble finding boy names for roosters. Under the proposed new rules,
the city will not permit any roosters other than those now living there.
officials want to avoid early morning wake-up calls for the neighbors. As one
Sonoma official explained: "You don't need a rooster to have eggs."
And that's the VOA Special English
Agriculture Report, written by Jerilyn Watson. I'm Jim Tedder.