One of the ideas that evolved from our meeting last month was to sponsor a "Transition to Ten" percent local food purchases, similar to this challenge sponsored by Transition Colorado. I also like the 80/20 challenge, sponsored by a Transition group in Britain, which promotes buying 80% local and 20% organic and fair trade - for both local food security and international solidarity. That one may be too ambitious for us, though.
When I think about my own (partial) transition to local food, I realize that it took me several years just to increase our percentage to 15 - 30% local food (eggs, beef, in-season fruits and vegetables, wheat flour, cheese, yogurt, honey, beer). The main factors in my transition were:
- an increasing awareness of the importance of local food, (motivation)
- realizing that many of my friends were dedicated to local food, (social support)
- expanding my own garden and mini-orchard, (skill/knowledge)
- learning to preserve some food, (skill/knowledge)
- learning to eat more seasonally, (skill/knowledge)
- finding a local source for eggs and beef, (supply) and
- a much improved farmer's market (supply).