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100 Mile Challenge

One of the ways in which Canada interacts with other countries is by buying and selling food. A lot of people, however, don't want us to do that. They think we should only buy local for a wide variety of reasons.

Part 1

If you read the newspaper lately, it seems everyone is talking about the 100 Mile Challenge. The Challenge is an attempt to eat mainly (or even only) food that is grown locally, generally within 100 miles of the where you eat. People who try to do this are often called locavores.
 Are locavores big and scary?

  1. Food Miles Campaign
  2. 100 Mile Diet
Based on the articles above, what are the five most compelling reasons to "eat local"? If you were going to do this, why would you? Even if you don't like the idea, which five ideas would be the most likely to lure people in? Write down those five reasons.

Part 2

Which foods are produced locally? Is it even possible to eat good food grown in your own neighborhood?
  1. Local Foods
  2. Buy Manitoba
  3. Slow Food Winnipeg
Create a list of as many different foods that are grown locally (or close by) as you can.

Part 3

What are are reasons you might want to get food from further than 100 miles away? Come up with the top five reasons.
  1. Rethinking Green: Eat Global, Not Local
  2. Buy Local...but ignore the "locavores" nonsense
  3. Is local food bad for the economy?

Part 4

Often people will talk about their "green footprint." This is the impact you have on the Earth with the activities you do, including what you eat, what car you drive (or ride in), how you heat your home, and the lights you turn on (and leave on). Often the idea seems to be to leave the earth completely unchanged.
  1. Is it wrong to leave a footprint on the earth? Why do you think that?
     Is it wrong to leave a footprint?
  2. What does the Bible say about how we should impact the earth? See Genesis 1. According to this passage, are we allowed to leave a footprint?

Part 5

You've discovered several things.

  1. Five reasons to buy local
  2. A list of local foods (at least 10)
  3. Five reasons not to buy local
  4. An idea whether we're allowed to leave a "footprint"
You are going to put these together in a poster with each of the four parts in one quadrant. 
In a box in the center, you'll put your conclusions.