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Excuse me, is that local?

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Almost ten years after the “locavore” movement (or “localvore,” depending on where you are) was officially launched in 2005 in San Francisco, it seems hard to imagine that there is anything new to say on the subject. In fact, local eating seems to have gone from a novel approach to food to a punchline on Portlandia. “The chicken you will be enjoying tonight…his name was Colin,” a waitress happily informs Fred Amisen’s character in one such sketch. While the movement can be mocked, or criticized as elitist, there are compelling arguments for eating locally, including the better taste of locally grown food, the high fuel costs associated with shipping food around the globe, and the loss of family owned and operated…

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