This evening, Salt Lake City Green and Mayor Ralph Becker will host the 100 Mile Meal: Food with a Salt Lake City Story. The meal represents a celebration of Salt Lake City’s local food, farms and economy, while illustrating a commitment to sustainable agriculture.
Did you know the average meal in the United States travels 1,500 miles from the farm to your plate? Food that travels long distances impacts:
- Environment. A larger carbon footprint due to fuel consumption and polluting emissions.
- Food Security. Limited accountability due to large processing and distribution chains leaves food more vulnerable to contamination.
- Nutrition. Fruits and veggies are most nutritious (and delicious!) when they are fresh.
- Economy. Local farms mean more local jobs and revenue.
The 100 Mile Meal features seasonal ingredients sourced from farms within 100 miles of Mayor Becker’s office. In this day and age, this was no easy feat.