Based on the best-selling book (and blog) by James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith, the Food Network’s new series, The 100 Mile Challenge, is testing the lifestyle habits of families in Mission, BC. I recently did a write up about the show for E!Online and soon after started counting my own food miles.
“The production of food has gone crazy in our world,” noted Smith in the series opener that aired Sunday, April 5th. “I mean you’re getting strawberries from California when there are strawberries you can grow in your backyard, lettuce from China and you can grow lettuce in your backyard. That’s a really redundant impact on the environment.”
The “100 Mile” concept involves only consuming food that was grown, harvested, or produced within 100 miles of your home. This cuts back on environmental impacts from things like packaging and shipping, while also helps you explore local business. They call it the “100 Mile Diet” although it’s more like a movement.
For the documentary-style TV show, MacKinnon and Smith head to Mission, BC to enlist community members in the challenge and the series then follows six families closely for the 100 days of the challenge. Things the Mission families can’t eat during the 100 Mile Challenge include coffee, rice, tropical fruit, avocado, soda, beer, olive oil, sugar, peanut butter, and basics like black pepper and salt.
Local markets are praised as being excellent resources not only for locally-grown food but also for inspiration, recipes, and community support and discussion.
Markets in the Vancouver Area
The 100 Mile Challenge television show will air Sundays until May 10th, following all 100 days of the challenge in Mission, BC.