Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Local Food Procurement/Locavorism

  • Suzanne Cope
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_404-1



The term “locavore” was coined in 2005 by Jessica Prentice, who, along with Sage Van Wing and Dede Sampson, made a commitment to eat only food sourced within a 100-mile radius of their homes in Northern California. This effort was publicized in the media during World Environment Day in San Francisco and subsequently entered the lexicon. While this might have been the first documented use of the term “locavore,” the idea – and necessity – of eating a local diet was not a new one.

The seeds of the locavore movement may have been planted over a long period of time, but it was not until the first decade of the twenty-first century that people became very focused on the localized provenance of their food, due to increased interest in environmental ethics, health, and economic concerns and a movement away from corporate farms and industrialization in foods....


Food Insecurity Food System Carbon Footprint Local Food Local Diet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Liberal ArtsBerklee College of MusicBostonUSA