Another view of the 100 mile diet
This neat little animation was passed along to me by Des Bliek, one of the newer readers of this blog.
The similarities of this place and Japan are actually very close. We too live in a mountainous area, with little land suitable for farming, much of which is in the hands of people who no longer wish to farm. We also have a very unhealthy diet that needs lots of fossil fuels to produce and ship here.
The Japanese Government at least seems to be aware of the issues, and also expects the people to change their behaviour. To that extent BC and Japan seem to have a lot in common. It worries me that one reference suggests it is not only what the consumer wants but what is in the interests of the food industry. But then maybe something gets lost in translation.
So far as I can tell, we do not seem to be doing very much to protect our agricultural land. We also seem to want to encourage more imports – why else would port and highway expansion be so high on the agenda? Certainly I do not see very much evidence of our government trying to make our province more self sufficient. As long as we can find someone to take our raw logs and our dwindling mineral resources we will keep on with business as usual.
As James Howard Kunstler points out on his blog
I mean how we are going to grow the food we eat without massive quantities of diesel fuel and petroleum-based “inputs” and also how we are going to make any of the useful products we need in an energy scarcer time.