Wasn't last week's challenge on eating local interesting? Some people embraced it and got real creative with the items available. Others had a bit of trouble finding a large enough variety of foods to maintain an enjoyable and healthy diet. I think everyone's awareness was raised ... and we now have a better idea of where our food comes from.
My personal conclusion after this challenge is that eating local is the goal. Whenever possible, opt for the items that are grown and/or produced close to home ... within 100 miles. When it isn't possible (for example if one lives in an area which doesn't produce enough to maintain a healthy diet), then read the labels and try to choose the item which is produced "closest" to home.
I'd like to thank everyone who participated! Now ... our Honor Society:
Sinclair at http://sharingourgifts.blogspot.com/2009/06/change-world-wednesdays.html AND AT http://naturewithme.blogspot.com/2009/06/change-world-wednesday.html AND ALSO HERE http://theblogfrog.com/psearch/ViewThread.aspx?threadID=757&blogID=838788
(Wow, Sinclair ... now that's spreading the "green" word!)
Bradysmama at http://forums.delphiforums.com/LivingNatural/start
Elizabeth Barrette at http://gaiatribe.geekuniversalis.com/
Chourou at http://chourou-sumimasen.blogspot.com/
Strawberry Girl at http://strawberrygirlsreflections1.blogspot.com/2009/06/reduce-footprints-wednesdays.html
Yanic at http://greentobe.blogspot.com/2009/06/change-world-wednesdays-become-locavore.html
Crzy4Pizza at http://forums.delphiforums.com/veggietable/start
What A Card at http://whatacard.blogspot.com/2009/06/eat-local-challenge.html AND AT http://localnewengland.blogspot.com/2009/06/eat-local-challenge.html
(Excellent job of spreading the "green" word, "What A Card".)
Connie Mishali at http://seewhykinsman.blogspot.com/2009/06/green-challenge_24.html
GigiSxm at http://adventuresingigi.blogspot.com/2009/06/change-world-wednesday-challenge.html
S. Engelmohr at http://sengelmohr.blogspot.com/2009/06/locally-grown-and-produced-vs-organic.html
Sotorrific Twins at http://sotorrifictwins.blogspot.com/
(Here's a little riddle ... Sotorrific Twins has posted about local foods in another place, using another nickname ... can you find the post?)
EcoGrrl at http://ecogrrlnetwork.blogspot.com/
Sober White Women at http://thoughtsofasoberwhitewomen.blogspot.com/
Frisky Librarian at http://simpleglee.blogspot.com/
The Laughing Idiot at http://goofygardener.blogspot.com/2009/06/local-foods-change-world-wednesday.html
Kiwi Riverman - The Writer at http://worldofcae.blogspot.com/2009/06/reduce-footprints-special-thursday-post.html
chicamom85 at http://chicamom85.blogspot.com/
Ann at http://ann-mythoughtsandphotos.blogspot.com/2009/06/change-world-recycle-bags.html AND AT http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2008/11/recycle-reuse.html (Thanks for spreading the "green" word, Ann)
Kate at http://holdfastseeker.blogspot.com/2009/06/eating-locally-csa-farm-share.html
Inge' at http://dementiafor2.blogspot.com/2009/06/change-world-wednesdays.html
harri pao at http://blogodril.blogspot.com/2009/06/my-favorite-of-indonesia-food-recipe.html
Julie Magers Soulen at http://juliemagerssoulen.blogspot.com/
Chicamom85 at http://chicamom85.blogspot.com/
Rewinn at http://rewinn.blogspot.com/2009/06/rooftop-urban-ag-team-begins.html AND FROM LAST WEEK'S CHALLENGE http://rewinn.blogspot.com/2009/06/box-beats-bag.html
Ilhami Uyar at http://ilhamiuyar.blogspot.com/
Joe Todd at http://www.myqualitytime.net/
Squirrel Queen at http://squirrelqueen2.blogspot.com/2009/06/farmers-market.html (Squirrel Queen has a regular farmer's market challenge ... stop by and accept her challenge ... it's fun!)
Brian at http://www.eazycheezy.net/
Rae at http://rosesarerae.blogspot.com/2009/06/eat-local-food-help-local-economy-and.html
Eemilla at http://eemilla.wordpress.com/2009/06/25/change-the-world-wednesday-challenge-from-reducefootprints/
Okay ... are you ready for a new challenge? Here you go:
Earlier this week, President Obama announced a plan to make lighting our homes and businesses more energy efficient (you can read about it HERE). So, let's do our part: Replace at least one incandescent bulb in your home with either a CFL or LED bulb.
OR ... if you've already replaced the bulbs in your home with energy efficient varieties, write a post about CFLs and LEDs and then ... contact five (5) new blogs (blogs which you've never visited before) and invite them to join the challenge by visiting your site.
Okay ... just a quick reminder on the "rules". The idea is to get as many people as possible joining in ... I believe if we all do the same green activity during the same week, we'll have an impact. So, let everyone know ... advertise ... post about it ... email your friends and family ... talk about it ... snatch the "Change The World Wednesday" badge on my site and post it on yours ... encourage everyone you can reach to join the challenge. And don't forget to leave a comment so we can add you to the Honor Society.
We're changing the world ... one challenge at a time. Are you ready?