Glocal Thanksgiving

Local + Global = Glocal

This Friday the Urban and Environmental Planning Department at the University of Virginia will have a Glocal Thanksgiving dinner.

The following is an excerpt from Tim Beatley’s (a UVA professor) column about the dinner on InRich.Com:

“The idea of ‘glocalism’ recognizes that we have an obligation as ecological citizens and consumers to care, not only about our local communities, but also about the larger world. Our choices of food and other products provide us with opportunities to make connections with people around the world, to help improve their living conditions and life prospects, and to help solve the problems that our consumption helps create. What we take from the global commons, we should give back, measure for measure.”

“Food provides an entree to every aspect of community sustainability: land-use practices, energy use and fossil-fuel dependence, public health and the obesity crisis, and levels of consumption. And it allows students to explore lifestyles that need not be sacrificial, but can be inherently richer, fuller, healthier. Sufficiency and sustainability look pretty appealing in the form of a rhubarb confit or a blueberry pie.”

“Food offers us a way to look inward, to reconnect with our families and our heritage, as well as a way to look outward to our local and global communities and gain a powerful understanding of our interconnections.”

Last year the department had a local Thanksgiving where all of the foods were locally produced within 100 miles of Charlottesville. Normally, the foods we eat travel an average of 1,500 miles to reach our tables. The idea behind the 100 mile Thanksgiving is that you save energy because the locally produced foods require low levels of energy and carbon in their production and transportation. They don’t need chemicals and pesticides to keep them “fresh” while they’re being transported across country on 18 wheelers.

Since I am not much of a cook I will bring some beer from the Old Dominion Brewing Company (ODBC). ODBC is in Ashburn, Virginia, and it is about 106 miles away from Charlottesville ( I know 106 > 100 — don’t tell anybody).

Check out the Wiki for our menu.

Check out the 100 Mile Diet for more tips on eating locally.

Check out Buy Fresh Buy Local for the Charlottesville Area.


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  1. Thanh

    I thought you’d be interested to know that the Shenandoah Valley is also getting its own Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter. Its a collaboration of various groups (community organizations, local restaurants, farmers markets, farmers, non-prof) from throughout the Valley and the effort is being led by Eric Bendfeldt of the Virginia Cooperative Extension. A Local Food Initiative Workgroup of the Healthy Community Council meets once every one or two months to work on ways to encourage local foods.




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