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Eating Local Goes Inner City As Pedestrians Pluck Food From Trees

— September 5, 2009 — Eco
Farmers’ markets, organic growing practices, and local food have all grown in popularity in recent years. Urban foraging, a logical next step, is making waves as smaller budgets meet desires for avoiding major food processors. Many scientists and nutritionists recommend eating local; how much more local can you get than your own neighborhood?

Not surprisingly, the movement is seeing its biggest growth in the areas that first caught on to organic food. San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle are breeding grounds for people who can make nature their supermarket.

There could be some obvious setbacks to finding urban food. Pollution would be one obvious deterrent to grabbing an apple off the tree next to the street. But if local honey can help you with local allergens, then maybe local food can help with all the other toxins of everyday city dwelling.
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