Looking around Fort Wayne, one would think the idea of eating local was a brand new. In the last year, the number of area farmers’ markets has quadrupled, with the creation of Fort Wayne Farmers Markets to coordinate some of the efforts coming alongside others that have sprouted up on their own and some that have been around for decades.
Growing in one’s backyard seems more popular, with the idea of urban “farming” or “homesteading” catching fire in grocery store sparse areas like Detroit. Some cities are broadening urban gardening rules to include a chicken or two as backyard permissible. We’ll see if Fort Wayne gets there — it is still illegal to have livestock within city limits.
Muncie author, Kelsey Timmerman tackles the subject of food origin in his recent book, Where Am I Eating?: A Journey Through the Global Food Economy. From coffee to bananas, lobster, and apple juice, Kelsey’s journey reveals the startling fact that the United States now imports twice as much food as it did just one decade ago. He traces the origins of his own food, delving into the accompanying issues of workers’ and human rights, rural poverty, the loss of cultural and bio-diversity, climate change, and fair trade.
Kelsey will be in Fort Wayne this Friday evening at 7 p.m. to speak about his journey. Brought to you by 3 Rivers Natural Grocery and hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Where Am I Eating? and his previous book, Where Am I Wearing? will be available for purchase at the event and are, of course, available at through The Allen County Public Library for check out.