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General News · 31st March 2009
Film Night on Local Food

Friends of Cortes Island Society, FOCI, presents a film night about the importance of Local Food and the many opportunities for getting food in close by islands.

Tableland is a culinary expedition in search of people growing, cooking and eating tasty, local, seasonal food. Award-winning filmmaker Craig Noble travels from the orchards of BC to inner city gardens to argue for the relocalization of our food.

Island on the Edge examines the history of food production on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. It asks, what would happen to our food supply if we were suddenly cut off from the rest of the world? Written by Don Genova and directed by Nick Versteeg.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 7:30 pm at Manson’s Hall

Admission by donation. Refreshments available

My own thoughts:

We know that the food we eat on Cortes Island comes from all over the world. On average, our food travels little more than 2,000
kilometers from field to our tables.

For instance, a chicken that comes from Washington DC, travels around 3,053 km; beef from Australia travels more than 10,900 km; eggs from Arkansas, about 5,370km; tomatoes from Mexico, more than 4,500 km; grapes from Chile, more than 10,000 km; bananas form Costa Rica, oranges from Florida, etc.... you get the picture.

We know there are many social, economic and ecological problems with this kind of traveling food. I think we need to make extra efforts to change this system and help with building resilience to our food system.

With this in mind, I want to suggest a wild idea for our local stores: What if they start using a Fool Mile label in their products, that tell us how much each product has traveled to get here ?

A simple way could be to use the Bull Eye model in the picture, and use a colour label according to the chart. The more green and yellow labels the better and more resilient we will be…

just an idea...
Bulls Eye model
Bulls Eye model