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The 100-Mile Diet

A tale of hardship, madness and deprivation as one couple make a pact to eat only foods sourced within a 100-mile radius of their home—for one year, and how it became a delicious and enriching experience.

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Ever wondered where the food on your plate came from? How far it might have travelled from its source?

When a Vancouver couple asked those questions they were stunned to find the average ingredient had travelled between 1500 and 3000 miles—leaving a carbon footprint big enough to stamp out all their personal efforts at living sustainably.

So, with no planning and very little thought of what might be involved, they made a pact to eat only foods sourced within a 100-mile radius of their home—for one year.

Sounds like a New Year's Resolution: made one day, broken the next. But they actually did it. And grew to love it.

What started out as hardship, madness and deprivation, became a delicious and enriching experience, one that they have continued well beyond the year of the pact.

Try it yourself, if you're brave. Or read James and Alisa's wonderfully written, inspiring, and amusing account of the year they reconnected with the foods, the land and the people in their corner of the world.

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