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Earth day - Ideas for eating low carb-on?

rworange | | Apr 22, 2007 08:39 AM

I need ideas for how to eat the most earth-friendly way today ... which, of course means eating local.

The best way is to eat at home, but the SO is working on the kitchen so can't cook and must eat out.

Quite honestly, I can't think of anything to do but head for Chez Panisse or some other upscale joint that uses organic ingrediants.

I mean, it sort of cuts out my beloved dives because that mom and pop breakfast joint, Mexican taqueria, Chinese restaurant most likely ain't using organic or local stuff. They are buying the least expensive food or Sysco type of stuff trucked from who knows where.

Or are they such bad choices?

I know at least at Mexican joints, though they don't use the word 'artisan', the tortillas and pan dulce is made locally and not trucked from some place. The corn, sugar and flour might not be local, but the assembly is.

My understanding is a lot of Chinese restaurants will use maybe local chickens? It is likely that the veggies, while not organic are grown locally. And being California, the rice might be local, right?

Even in the upscale places it kind of eliminates a lot of food ... no coffee or tea ... no desserts using sugar... no bread because the wheat probably wasn't grown locally. Fortunately I live in California so I can spend the day drinking wine.

For breakfast this morning it wasn't the usual coffee and bowl of oatmeal because none of those is local. It was milk and an orange. I'm cranky withouth my coffee, but I'd be even crankier if it would no longer be available due to climate changes.

On the good side, no HFCS products today.

One of the things I never hear mentioned in global warming is how food growing regions could change. Will someday the sunny lush French countryside move up to Iceland? Will Alaska be growing our oranges? Already producing maple syrup is starting to move northward to Canada out of Vermont. Nobody mentions the "F" word either ... famine.

So I figure eating low-carb today, for me, might make me think about global warming in terms of food.

Ideas ... for eating today? What to eat? What not to eat? Yeah, no French cheese for me today.

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