8.30.2016

Guard Your Grill at Kitchen Witch Cookbooks on 9/9!

Hello all!  Guard Your Grill, one of Nola's newest and most happening vegan pop-ups, will be appearing at Kitchen Witch Cookbooks on Friday September 9th!

The shop is located at 1452 N. Broad Street (at Bayou Road), and food will be available from 5pm to 7pm.  Make sure to stop by!  Sadly I will be in Florida and will not be able to attend, but I've had this pop-up's food before and it will definitely be worth your time.

8.23.2016

Eat the Guide! A New NOiG Series.

Hello!  I come to you today with an exciting announcement.  As you know if you're a regular NOiG reader, in the spring I published an updated guide to vegan-friendly restaurants in New Orleans.  Now, in an effort to put my money where my mouth is - or maybe put my mouth where my guide is? - I am making a city-wide tour of its listings!  Specifically, I plan to begin going through the guide, in order, and dining (again for the most part) at each restaurant included therein.  Fun!


You may have some questions.

Like, How long will this take?  Given that the guide lists 90 restaurants, not including those outside of the more concentrated neighborhoods, food trucks, and pop-ups, it's going to take quite a long time.  This series is projected to wrap up in the Spring of 2018!  Right around when I'm likely to be updating the guide again, incidentally.

And, When will I post?  Every Monday morning from now until I visit them all.

And, What will I say?  Each post will have the following information:
  1. A general description of the restaurant and its overall appearance / ambiance.
  2. Its hours of operation as of the time of my visit.
  3. Its service style.
  4. What vegan options are there, and whether it specifically provides items that are soy-free, gluten-free, et cetera.
  5. Whether and to what extent it provides alcohol and/or espresso drinks.
  6. A price range for vegan options.
  7. What I ate, with pics!  And a description of my visit.
Are y'all excited?  This is our chance to really dig deep and examine many of New Orleans' vegan offerings.  I hope you're looking forward to it as much as I am.  Expect the first Eat the Guide post on Monday, September 5th!

Follow along with your own guide!  Join me for dinner maybe!  It's going to be a good time.

8.22.2016

Do you know how to get The Guide?

Hi all!  Just popping in to make sure everyone knows how to get a copy of New Orleans in Green's Guide to Vegan-Friendly Restaurants!  Just in case you don't know how to get your own copy - do it right here!


8.18.2016

The Farm to Table Experience, Day 1 Recapped

Hello all!  As you may have read about yesterday, today I attended the first day of the Farm to Table Experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  And honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Overall, today the event felt empty.  This year the conference is not taking place in conjunction with the Louisiana Foodservice and Hospitality Expo, meaning that there's no grand exhibition to wander through when things get dull.  And the event itself was both small and too spread out, making it feel sparse and bare.  It has moved from its previous home in Hall J all the way to Hall A, meaning that there is no longer a tiered auditorium for the larger sessions.  The new setup feels... less official, maybe?

More important though, the day was lackluster in content.  None of the sessions really grabbed me.  (If you're interested in what I saw, check out the twitter hashtag #f2te16.  Very few other people were tweeting, so you'll mostly just see me!) 

All that said, I am quite excited for several of the sessions scheduled for tomorrow, including the plenary opening session on food waste; a talk with Baylen Linnekin about his upcoming book Biting the Hand that Feeds Us and the ideas therein about smaller, smarter governance of food; the ReThink Food Justice Collective's talk on decolonizing food; and the Tropical Foodways talk and kitchen demonstration with chef Dana Honn of our beloved Carmo.  Follow along on twitter if you dare!

8.17.2016

The Farm to Table Experience Returns to New Orleans

 Hello friends!  Tomorrow through Saturday, I will once again be attending and live-tweeting at the Farm to Table Experience.  The event "explores the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally through experiential learning. It is designed to celebrate where our food and beverages originate from through tastings, interactive gardening and cooking demonstrations, hands-on workshops, educational sessions, social events, and more. While New Orleans is already known as a premier food destination nation-wide, this event will help promote the city as a critical center for agricultural and food chain solutions."

I plan to attend the following plenary and breakout sessions on Thursday:
  • Opening session: Defining Farm to Table and Debunking Labeling Myths with Rebecca Asente of the FDA, Bobby Fletcher of the Louisiana Egg Commission, Chef Phillip Lopez, and Richard McCarthy of Slow Food
  • Louisiana Farm to School Program Act with John Westra of the LSU Ag Center
  • Beyond Farmer's Markets: Producing for Retail with Alan Lewis of Natural Grocers
  • Cultivating Communities with Students: Farming, Marketing and giving back with the staff from Long Vue House and Gardens
  • Aquaponics: Building Local Food Systems through Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Rebecca Nelson
  • Plenary session: Food Safety Modernization Act: Redefining Farm to Table Food Safety with Dr. Achyut Adhikari, Chef Richard Jones, and Baylen Linnekin

Follow along on twitter - I'm @NOLAinGreen and the hashtag of choice is #F2Te16.  Also tune in Thursday evening for a report on Thursday's event as well as the plan for Friday!  Anyone else attending?

7.31.2016

Guest Blog Post: Madera E. Rogers
Are African American & Afrikan Vegans Missing from the Vegan/Vegetarian Conversation?

Dear readers,

The following is a guest post from Ms. Madera E. Rogers, who recently relocated to New Orleans.  Many thanks to this guest blogger!  Please note that the words and ideas below belong to her and her guests alone.  Readers, enjoy!

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Madera E. Rogers recently moved to New Orleans from Brooklyn, New York. She is a textile artist, organic clothing designer, personal performance coach, Philanthropist, green conscious activist and vegan. Ms Rogers has introduced a conscious movement through The Green Journey Series which is a series of events that generates conscious discussions around the human experience, empowerment and change. Madera’s belief is that we need to celebrate, as a global community, the power of envisioning life, self, and the planet differently.


QUESTION: Are African American & Afrikan Vegans
Missing from the Vegan/Vegetarian Conversation?

The Benefits of Being Vegan/Vegetarian

The benefits are numerous. Some have chosen the vegan/vegetarian life style because the dietary choices contribute to improving their overall health. Within the African American/Afrikan community there is virtually no high blood pressure or diabetes reported among vegans/vegetarians. For others, avoiding meat and dairy helps to reduce direct negative effects on the environment. Others choose the vegan/vegetarian path in order to remove the direct emotional attachment they felt with eating animals. Last but not least there is a spiritual connection between food that comes directly from the earth and the human body.

Reports and Data

The following data are taken from a study conducted by Vegetarian Times which commissioned RRC Associates, a research firm in Boulder, Colo., to perform the data analysis. The report is entitled “Vegetarianism in America”. Published by Vegetarian Times (vegetariantimes.com). The study shows that 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet. Approximately 0.5 percent, or 1 million, of those are vegans, who consume no animal products at all. In addition, 10 percent of U.S., adults, or 22.8 million people, say they largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet. The study continues with citing that 59 percent are female; 41% are male. 42.0 percent are 18 to 34 years of age; 40.7 percent are 35 to 54 years of age and 17. 4 percent are over 55. Continuing the study notes 57.1 percent have followed a vegetarian diet for more than 10 years; 18 percent for 5 to 10 years; 10.8 percent for 2 to 5 years, 14.1 percent for less than 2 years.

Here's another report found on the Food For The Soul web page, that celebrates and focuses solely on the presence of the missing African American/Afrikan vegan or vegetarian. There's a tag line on the Food For The Soul web page that notes Imhotep as the author of the famous saying “Let Food Be Thy Medicine”, not Hippocrates. The report continues to share information from The Vegetarian Resource Group detailing the findings from a 2012 telephone poll of 2,030 individuals age 18 and over. By the way, the data continues to state there's 2.5 million of Blacks and Afrikans embracing a plant based, vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. The report cites that 4% of Americans are vegans or vegetarians. 1% of this statistics are vegan. This simply means that there are 9 million vegetarians and 2 million of those are vegans. Another 43% report eating one or more vegetable meals per week. The statistics also show, that 6% of African Americans/Afrikans state they are vegan or vegetarian while 3% of Whites state they are.

Overall, this data indicates that African American /Afrikans, are more likely to be eating a plant based diet. My goal is to open dialogue around the question “Are African American/Afrikans missing in the dialogue around being vegans or vegetarians”? I'll take it a step further: Are we are missing in the conversation around sustainability, environment, recycling, and permaculture”… and the list continues. If we are missing… why are we missing in these conversations?

The Introduction

On a perfect New Orleans Sunday morning several weeks back, a new associate introduced me to a popular vegan-friendly restaurant named Bread on Oaks in the Carrollton area of New Orleans. My excitement - experiencing a new restaurant. I appreciate good food! It is a charming cafe with a friendly vibe, attentive service and delicious offerings of vegan and gluten free breads, pastries and conscious meals. However, I was disappointed.

My associate and I, seated ourselves in a narrow room with chairs lined up facing a window to outdoors. Our view was the main performance, i.e. the kitchen. This behind the scenes choreography could be viewed through a full floor to ceiling window allowing customers to see how the magic is created!

As my associate and I began eating a small group arrived. They were chatting about upcoming events and exchanging pleasantries. At some point my associate and I were invited to join the conversation. Within the group were Holly Feral, Editor in Chief of Portland, Oregon-based publication Driftwood Magazine, which is dedicated to travel and vegan lifestyle. Also present was Melissa Bastian Breedlove of New Orleans in Green blog. I pondered how to start the conversation around why the vegan scene is portrayed as a white only experience? And where’s the presence of African Americans/Afrikans and other cultures as vegans? Okay, loaded questions.

I presented the question and Melissa’s response was to offer me an opportunity to do the guest blog which you are reading now. Holly Feral’s response can be viewed here on the MERELYME.CO Facebook page videos section. I judge that both women felt somewhat awkward when I posed the question.

Taking this one step further I suggest that there are those who do not understand why this is a question or of any concern. There in lies the problem.

Why The Disconnect?

Here's an interesting thought. With all the emphasis in America on embracing the lifestyle of being a vegan, practicing yoga... from my perspective, there's a disconnect somewhere. If, we are taking actions that are supposed to enlighten us, why is the world still not enlightened? How can so much concern be voiced about the planet, caring for animals, protecting the land etc., and no action plan to address social injustices, and ethics? I just find it odd that those people, who are moving towards enlightenment, appear to have their eyes closed tight and see only what is comfortable to their view?

Please note that there are audio interviews in this post from individuals across the U.S. and from New Orleans. My hope is that each interview will provide a rich insight layering threads to create a fabric of life. There's no right or wrong answer to the question. What's imperative is to share in the exchange and bridge the generational, ethical, and cultural gaps and boundaries so we can enter into sacred dialogue.

Are We Missing?

My second audio interview is with Certified Nutritionist, Certified Colon Therapist, Iridologist and Herbologist Evelyn Gordon, better known in the African American community as "Nanana". She resides in Denver, Colorado. Nanana serves as an elder within her community, and is known for her passion about living life to the fullest. She's been a vegan for over 30 plus years. Her philosophy… "I do not subscribe to preaching to individuals about what they should be doing in their lives. You can only lead a horse to water, it's the horse that must drink. Not you!  View interview videos with Nanana on this topic here (part 1) and here (part 2).

I'd like to acknowledge Melissa with New Orleans in Green for being receptive to open up the discussion and providing me with a platform to share my first #TheGreenJourney Series blog. I encourage everyone who reads this to join in and listen to the upcoming audio conversations on the following social media:
Twitter: @TheGreenJourney
Instagram: Madera_e_rogers
Facebook: The Green Journey

The Green Journey Series

For the next five weeks on Mondays only access one of the three mediums listed above to listen to audio presentations from elders of the community, activists, young and bold sharing their perspective as we walk through a world that reminds us that it is our birthright to be happy. Have peace when you see chaos, and not allow the chaos take a piece of you!

7.14.2016

At the Fork: An Exploration

Hello all!  I know I've been awfully quiet over here.  For the last week and a half I've been up to my neck in the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five Dallas police officers, and I'm just now able to disengage from those very important events for long enough to get back into some vegan/AR work.

I did so by attending the Whole Foods-sponsored screening last night of At the Fork, a film by John Papola.  Per the website, "Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife Lisa, offer up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, Papola asks the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk and baby-back rib. What he discovers are not heartless industrialists, but America’s farmers — real people who, along with him, are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food."  Hmmm.

I live tweeted the event, and now because I love you have compiled those tweets here.  Enjoy, maybe?

About to live-tweet . This will be interesting, no doubt.

That is, if the theater can figure out how to take all these people's vouchers... 

Made it. Made it. Ribs on the grill three seconds in. Ribfest! Wife Lisa says what I feel: bleeeeegh. 

Visit Animal Place to meet real live farm animals on not a real live farm. Sanctuary mission is to end animal exploitation. 

Have a "human gestation crate" to show people what pigs go through. "This is the price they pay for me to eat my spare ribs" 

Shots of pigs in gestation crates. Obligatory Temple Grandin interview. Indiana mega-piggery that lets people see inside... 

Various farming conditions make it unsustainable to keep pigs outside; legacy farms says pigs can lead happy lives in stalls. 

Filmmaker holds a piglet and is surprised he doesn't scream; then he screams. "Farmer" pulling piglets from a sow's vagina... 

...and clipping their teeth. Legacy farms guy says God gave man dominion over animals, we shouldn't humanize them.  

In to Iowa: $7 per pig is what they profit. 1969 confinement shed footage. More holding of piglets, "processing" them. 

Processing includes injections, tail docking; farmer says "it's not wrong." Pigs weaned at 30 days; market weight @ 6 months.

Now using a shock prod to get pigs onto a truck. I don't know if I'm going to make it through this movie.

There are more corporations in animal farming because we want to pay less for our food. TRUTH. But many of us need to...  

Now a farm that raises animals outside. Pigs frolicking; big red barns. Ethical meat.

So why do you castrate pigs? "It helps the food quality." They crawl into a sow's pen and move her piglets; she's FURIOUS. 

"It seems like it's really an invasive mutilation... and it is I guess." Re the piglet castration. But it's a business...  

And now artificial insemination. Farmer is sitting on her to keep her still; she lets him because she's in heat.

"The consumer has to vote with his dollar" to change industry practices.  

Farmer wants to know what's going through the pigs' heads. "I know you had pork for lunch you jerk." Ha ha ha.

Governor Terry Branstand wants us all to know how great Iowa pork is.  

Will Harris of White Oak Pasture, GA - "Cowboy culture is glamorous" but not best for animals or land.

Animals should be able to express their instinctive behaviors. Hogs are hanging out in a forest. No stalls or crates.

Was bothered most by old way of shipping cattle on double-decker semi - so they built an slaughterhouse on site.

Temple Grandin again, on how to nicely slaughter. Filmmaker: it's a contradiction to care about food animals' feelings.

"Dominion does not mean complete domination." A different farmer who believes animals are sentient; cares about feelings.

1000k cattle feedlot; they can lose dozens of animals a day due to heat. They spray water to cool, so it gets muddy.

While filming from the public road, the feedlot threatens to call the sheriff to make them leave.

Filmmaker John's wife is vegetarian; they fight because she knows this won't change his dinner.

Grandin: ag gag laws are not the thing to do. Change your practices instead. Governor of Iowa says it's "very effective."

Craig Watts: contract chicken grower: "I just felt like the consumer is being lied to." Footage of chicks in a shed.

Broiler chickens grow too fast, are kept too crowded. After two weeks, must focus on culling birds that won't make size.

Wife wants to revive a chick that isn't doing well. "I think I found a lady who's going to adopt him."

Discussion of food labeling. USDA has organic, but welfare isn't really involved. There's "certified humane" and two others.

"Higher degrees of animal welfare are being rewarded in the market" for the first time, says .

Crystal Lake Farms lets chickens actually live outside. "They're being real chickens... Chickens came from jungle fowl."  

And yet, the catchers still come at night to take them to slaughter, carrying the typical five birds per hand.

Next up: mechanized cow milking at Fair Oaks Dairy Farm, Indiana. Don't pasture because food is inconsistent.  

Radiance Dairy, Iowa: cows live on pasture. Produce less milk and live a lot longer; one cow 13 years old.

At Fair Oaks, calves are taken almost immediately away from mothers, to keep them from bonding. Veal crates.  

Wife: "I don't know why you can't hold on to the compassion" when you sit down to eat. He explains that the feelings fade.

Now egg-laying hens in battery cages with automated food and water. Least expensive product for the consumer, worst welfare.

Grandin: this large scale egg production is very efficient, but also very fragile. Exploration of bird flu epidemic.

Pasture-based egg farms largely avoided the bird flu epidemic.

Pasture-raised eggs are more expensive because of labor and land costs. Egg Innovation in KY is trying to scale up pasture.

Of note: like all movies, the music is very emotionally manipulative. It's telling you how to feel. Pay attention to it.

Wayne Pacelle says we should eat more vegetables and treat farm animals more humanely. Ok.

Filmmaker John enjoys a pulled "pork" jackfruit sandwich. Mark Bittman talks about "vegan before seven."

Belcampo Farms cattle ranchers refer to cows as beef, say raising them is a predictor/prey relationship. Call it killing.

Now county fair. 4H participant kid says pigs "just like dogs." Pigs are named Hopper and Copper. "It sucks" when they go.

Kids talk extensively about how much it hurts to raise pigs and then see them go to slaughter.

Filmmaker John has decided to become a conscious eater. Fairly vegetarian message at the end here, though not quite explicit.

Challenging us to take the "at the fork" challenge, reducing animal products and sourcing humane ones.

The end. I really have to think about whether to recommend this movie. Sure is hard to watch for the already converted.

Thinking back on - was there a single person of color in that movie? Seriously asking.

And that's all she (me) wrote.  I'm still processing my conclusions on this movie.  On the one hand, it does clearly show some brutal truths about how most animal farming is done - even on "humane" farms.  On the other, it promotes continuing consumption of animal products, though it does also promote reduction and seeking out more responsible production.  I just don't know.  What do y'all think?

6.25.2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

It's long past time for y'all to hear a voice and perspective other than mine on this blog, don't you think?  As such, I'd like to hear from you.

Are you:
  • a person of color in the New Orleans area?
  • vegan, considering veganism, trying to go vegan, or do you interact with vegans in some way (such as running or working in a restaurant)?
If so, I would love for you to write a guest post for New Orleans in Green or be interviewed, or both, on your experiences engaging with the New Orleans vegan community and veganism in general.

Interested? Please shoot me a message on facebook or via email (bastian613 at gmail) and we'll get started. I can't wait to hear from you and to amplify your voice!

 

6.10.2016

The Logistics of Local: How Local is Local?

Now that we've established that there are personal, socio-economic, and environmental benefits to eating locally, let's look at what "eating locally" really means.

What does it mean to eat local?  It's not just one thing.  In my mind, local foods can fall into three broad tiers:
  • Tier 1: Foods that are locally grown, caught, or raised (though I don't eat anything caught or raised);
  • Tier 2: Foods that are locally produced or processed; and
  • Tier 3: Foods that are locally sold.
A food can be any combination of these three tiers.  I see this as a hierarchy of local superiority: Foods that are locally grown and processed and are being sold by a locally-owned shop are at the pinnacle of locality, meeting all three tiers.  Other levels of local have value too, of course;  all levels are superior to foods that were grown and processed non-locally and are being sold by a non-local chain.

Let us look at some local products to flesh out this idea. Hoffstadt tomatoes purchased at Winn-Dixie meet the first and second tiers but not the third; so better still are Hoffstadt tomatoes bought at Rouse's, while Hoffstadt tomatoes bought at a Crescent City Farmer's Market achieve superlative local status for New Orleans.  The same holds true of other locally grown and processed items such as Three Brothers Farm sugar and Jazzmen Rice.

Esses pastas and VEGGI Co-Op tofu are great examples of foods that are processed locally from foods that were grown elsewhere.  While they fail to reach tier 1 status, largely because wheat and soy aren't really grown on the Gulf South, purchasing them from local sources makes these foods solid local choices.

Inevitably most of us will purchase foods that are neither locally grown nor produced.  We all also need non-food products that can't be sourced locally - there is no locally grown and produced toilet paper, just for starters.  In these instances, many of us can at least choose to keep revenue in our communities rather than funneling it out of state by shopping at Hollygrove Market and Farm, Dryades Public Market, Crescent City Farmer's Markets, Sankofa, the New Orleans Food Co-Op, Rouse's supermarkets, and other such locally owned outlets.  However, it's important to remember that choosing where to shop is not a luxury that all of us have.



There are of course other implications about the people to whom these spaces are available, which will be a discussion for another day.

5.31.2016

The Value of Local

Before I embark on the New Orleans Eat Local Challenge, spanning throughout June, I want to explore whether eating locally is worthwhile.  Is there really a benefit to eating locally?

The benefits of local food have been lauded for decades, albeit with a few detractors rearing their heads.  Among the enumerated pluses are: supporting of the local economy by keeping money with your neighbors rather than funneling it out of the state or even the country; bolstering small local farms, which are generally far more diverse and less environmentally degenerative than their industrial counterparts; and eating food that is prime in both nutrition and taste.  Even mainstream publication Consumer Reports has noted that, if nothing else, eating locally is a nationwide trend that likely offers a variety of positive side-effects.

Local food is often promoted as a more sustainable way of eating.  Per Sustainable Table, the "the leading sustainable food resource for consumers", "[s]upporting local/regional food systems helps support local, sustainably run farms, can help protect our health and the health of our communities, and helps stimulate local economies." 

The benefits of "eating locally" are not universally accepted however.  Philosophers Peter Singer and Jim Mason tear the idea apart pretty thoroughly, in fact, in their book The Ethics of What We Eat.  Singer and Mason identify three primary reasons to eat locally: 1) to help local economies, 2) to support family farming (thus beating back industrial farming), and 3) to protect the environment.  They then proceed to disagree with 1 and 3.

On the first point, they argue that it's more important to support poorer farmers in developing nations than our local farmers.  To this argument I must call shenanigans.  They use an example that it is better to help developing world farmers feed their children than to help farmers in San Francisco put their children through college.  To this I'll say two things: a) I don't live in San Fransisco; pretty damn far from it in fact.  b) When we purchase produce grown in developing countries, precious little of that money goes to the people who grew it.

To wit, most of the produce sold falls into the globally shipped category, and yet the farmworkers involved in that trade are still unconscionably poor.  Why?  Because it is the middle men who keep the money.  It never gets to the producers - why would they share it when they don't have to?  The farther the food travels, the smaller a portion of the profits the farmers actually see.  Buying more of this food will not give these people more money.  Only changing the system will do that.  Thus, shorter chains are better for farmworkers.

While the philosophers don't dispute that buying locally helps to preserve small family farms, they explain that locally grown produce can be more environmentally destructive than produce shipped long distances.  To make this point they do the carbon footprint math on hothouse-grown tomatoes vs. those vine-ripened and then shipped - and indeed the hothouse come out as the villain.  This supports the idea that it is best to eat locally and seasonally, an idea which I'll agree with fully.  Luckily, there is nearly always local produce naturally in season here in Louisiana.

Singer and Mason also fail to address the most self-serving of the benefits of eating locally: local food tastes better and is more nutritious.  This isn't just sales pitch nonsense.  Because local produce is picked later in the ripening process, travels far less distance, and spends less time in storage, it generally offers more dense nutrient content and better flavor than "conventional" counterparts.

Sustainable Table agrees that there are issues with making "local" the only bar against which food is measured, noting that "industrial food in disguise" can be "greenwashed" or "localwashed" to seem more sustainable than it is.  After all, as I've mentioned before, even mega-piggeries are local to someone.  Buying locally also doesn't guarantee that farmworkers are treated or paid well.  However, "plenty of local food is produced according to the highest sustainability standards."  It is important, then, to know where your food comes from - but to know more than that as well.  Fortunately, when you are at a Farmer's Market you can just ask.  I dare you to try that at a chain grocery store. 

Finally, it's important to note that arguments against local food sourcing often fail to recognize just how fragile our global food system is.  Any interruption of that global system, whether it be weather events, fuel shortages, crop failures, or any other disruption of any one of the many carefully timed moving pieces of the food system can cause catastrophic food shortages, and no part of the world is immune.

As economist Andrew Simms noted in his essay "Nine Meals from Anarchy," "[c]ivilisation's veneer may be much thinner than we like to think."  Local food structures are more resilient in the face of these pressures in a number of ways.  For example, shorter food chains provide fewer opportunities for troubles such as fuel shortage or blockage of transportation routes, and small local farms hold far more biodiversity making them less susceptible to crop failure.

Eating locally is not a perfect answer to all of our food system woes.  Of course it isn't - there is no such thing.  Regardless, it has value and is a worthwhile pursuit.

Aren't you glad we put that to bed?  I am.  Let's get on with eating locally!

The photographs accompanying this post were taken at the French Market Crescent City Farmer's Market, held every Wednesday from 1pm until 5pm.