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Concern with food and nutrition has always been a topic amongst women, especially in our present-day culture.
The multi-million dollar diet industry is evidence that concern for health, weight, and food consumption is an ever-present force that looms over the lives of women, subconsciously or intentionally.
Food seems to matter.
Lately it seems that there has been an explosion of interest in local foods and veganism, as talk of this is everywhere.
In its most simple sense, veganism can be described as the practice of refusing animal-based foods and products.
As a practicing vegan (or local-vore as I like to call myself -- we’ll get to that later), I can attest from personal experience and the voices of others that veganism is no simple practice to adopt into one’s lifestyle.
And as simple as our definition sounds for what it means to be a vegan, it appears that most vegans whom I have come across espouse a more intricate set of beliefs and practices.
This can include an interest and concern for food economics, environmental sustainability and social justice in the production of food, as well as philosophical or spiritual beliefs.
Let’s back up a bit.
We can’t generalize why it is that anyone, women in particular, chooses to become a vegan. It is no interest of this author’s to determine what is right or wrong in how it is that an individual arrives at the decision to make this lifestyle change (or this simple interest in learning more about what veganism and “eating locally” is all about).
Whether it is for health reasons, a desire to lose weight, a deep moral concern for the environment, a passion for social justice -- perhaps all of the above and much more -- it is worth understanding what veganism is about and how one might come to an understanding of its practices.
Let’s start with the idea of eating locally. Often the two go hand in hand.
Eating locally is mostly consuming foods that were produced within or very near your living community, especially from farmer’s markets.
Practically speaking, local food production can be thought of in a few layers that start with growing food at home.