Ok, first on my Riot for Austerity, or quest to reduce emissions by 90%, is an accounting of my present food situation(see the last post). This is because food is one of the hardest categories to be sustainable at here in Alaska. The short version of the rules is that 70% should be local, 25% bulk dry items, 5% or less conventional wet items.
Personal results are highly seasonal. This week I ate a local salmon fillet from my freezer. I made and ate coleslaw with two local heads of cabbage (from my CSA, stored in my fridge – had to pull off all the outer rotting leaves first). The coleslaw also involved non-local, non-bulk yogurt, raisins, apple, and sunflower seeds. I ate non-local birthday cake and pizza and natural soda and fruit at my kid’s b-day party. I ate hunter sticks (mostly non-local meat) and fruit and beans yesterday – all non-local, not bulk dry. I always eat bulk oatmeal for breakfast (w/ local fruit in a couple months of the summer, then non-local fruit). Right now I’d say I’m at (optimistically) 15% local, 15% bulk, and 70% non local wet for the winter. I can do better. I need to stock up on local potatoes and carrots, if I can still find them, eat up the rest of the salmon in the freezer and self-canned soup from my CSA and the rest of my stored cabbage. I bet I’ll be eating even more non-locally as we head into early spring though, until I find time to store more local food for winter.