Book by Nashville kids looks at the issue of eating local 

Kid-Tested

Kid-Tested

A book of food photos by a local middle school is helping students and their classmates learn the role of locally produced food in a sustainable future for the planet. Middle school photography students at University School of Nashville took a field trip to shoot both local and supermarket produce. Their pictures are compiled in Why Buy Local?

The book's purpose was simple: USN students browsed the fresh spreads at the Nashville Farmers' Market on a fall day, met with farmers and vendors, and picked their noggins about the local food movement.

Instructor Mary Entrekin Agee's introduction is a snapshot of the locavore's dilemma, posing, but also answering, some of the questions. What does it mean to buy local, and eat local? If you buy bananas grown in another country, are you still supporting the local economy? The students contribute a few of their own observations from their trip to the market and to local restaurants. In the introduction, Agee writes:

"This semester, my film photography students have taken a look at some of the reasons why buying food from local sources is better for us and better for the planet. We started with a taste test of some locally, regionally and internationally grown apples. Then we looked at how many miles a Gala apple from New Zealand has traveled to get here. Do you know? (The answer is 8,029 miles.)"

Lucky for us, we don't have to travel anywhere near as far to pick up a copy of this book for the budding locavores among us — you can order the book from lulu.com, the micro-publishing site who published the book.

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