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Prawns – A West Coast 100 Mile Diet Ingredient

Monday, April 6th, 2009

The 100-Mile Diet was a great experiment started by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, it’s amazing the uptake and excitement that this book and idea has caused. In a nutshell, the 100-Mile Diet is commitment to eat food that comes from within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of where you live. It’s a great example of thinking globally and acting locally. A real world example of the personal changes that will be required to change the environmentally destructive path that we are currently traveling on. It’s amazing how much of our food travels thousands of miles to grace our dinner plates and equally amazing how much great food is available within 100 miles. In a world where marketing seems to matter more than distance, eating locally really is a counter culture thing to do. Globalization of our food system has not only meant that our food is traveling huge distances to get to us it has also meant that we have been disconnected from the food producers, which is a loss for all of us socially. Not only that, with the entire food infrastructure being built up around lower food costs the thing there seems to be less focus on creating great tasting, fresh and healthy eating experiences. The 100 mile diet brings many of these issues into focus.

100 Mile Radius Around Vancouver, BC

100 Mile Radius Around Vancouver, BC

The authors were living in Vancouver, BC and, if you look at their 100 mile radius, you can see that there is a LOT of ocean in that circle (if you’re interested to check out your 100 mile radius they’ve built a great tool to help you see what 100 miles from your home includes). As a consequence, being able to find local food from the sea became one of the protein sources for the original 100-mile diet. For them that meant haunting the local docks to see what seafood was becoming available and buying and preserving that food for the long winter ahead. You can read the adventures of the authors as they bought and cooked up a batch of fresh prawns during their year of eating locally.

As a local food for people throughout the West Coast of Canada prawns can be one of their go-to seafoods. Prawns are caught up and down the coast, so there is very likely a fisher who is catching prawns nearby. And while prawns are delicious fresh they can also be easily frozen and preserved for weeks and even months with very little ill affect making them available to see as a local food throughout the winter. That said at the moment there are only a few fisherman who maintain a stock of frozen spot prawns through the winter so if you are interested in having local seafood through the winter your best bet is to stock up during the fishing season, or get in touch and we can source some frozen prawns from our network of fishers.

While spot prawns tend to be sent largely to the Japanese market, there is a great opportunity for people on the West Coast of Canada and Pacific North West of America to start enjoying prawns and have all the benefits of eating locally.