Friday, October 29, 2010

When Detroit Says 'Eat Local,' It Really Means It

I love the Warrendale neighborhood. However, as I look at our neighbors in Corktown, Eastern Market, and Midtown there is one district area where they us beat by a significant margin.

There are lots of bars and restaurants in Warrendale. However, none of them stock beer, wine, or liquor that is made in Michigan. Michigan's breweries, wineries, and distilleries have won awards around the nation, but you can't buy them anywhere in Warrendale.

And then there is the food itself. There is growing trend among restaurants and grocery stores in other neighborhoods to buy food from local growers - often only a few blocks from the restaurant.

This is not only a lot better for the environment, because it minimizes how much energy is used in transporting food across the country, it's also a lot better for the local economy.

The Atlantic has an article about the local food movement in Detroit. I encourage everyone to read it.

When Detroit Says 'Eat Local,' It Really Means It - Tracie McMillan - Food - The Atlantic

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