This week the word "LOCAVORE" got another step up in linguistics of local foodie-ism, when Webster's Dictionary published the new edition with the word locavore along side other words that are a sign of more sustainable and pocketbook friendly times such as "staycation" (a stay at home vacation), "green-collar" (in reference to environmentally friendly jobs; analogous to "blue-collar", "white-collar" or "pink-collar"); carbonfootprint (the negative impact somebody has on the environment).
The definition is brief (and lighthearted) on the list of new words on Merrian Webster Collegiate Dictionary Website (note the use of "whenever possible" - no mention of 100-mile diets, food fanaticism or local fundamentalist politics)
* Main Entry: lo·ca·vore* Pronunciation: \ˈlō-kə-ˌvȯr\* Function: noun* Etymology: local + -vore (as in carnivore)* Date: 2005: one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible
* Main Entry: light·heart·ed
* Pronunciation: \-ˌhär-təd\
* Function: adjective* Date: 15th century1 : free from care, anxiety, or seriousness : happy-go-lucky2 : cheerfully optimistic and hopeful : easygoingAre you a locavore and don't know it?Read more about locavores, locavorism -- fundamentalist and lighthearted alike.
- Local Food on Wiki uses locavores and localvores to describe people who eat food grown in their local food shed/local food system.
- Oxford American Dictionary's 2007 Word of the Year (read The New York Times blog post)
- The New York Times has several more articles featuring the word "Locavore" in the headline.
- "Locavore Get Your Gun" (Dec. 7, 2007) about deer hunting in New York (grass-fed, free-range, organic, antibiotic hormone-free and LOCAL deer).
- And, the controversial article and follow up piece - with nearly 300 comments mostly from outraged locavores -- by Steve Dubner of Freakonomics fame "Do We Really Need a Few Billion Locavores?" (June 8, 2008) about his family's incompetent and ridiculous attempt at making sherbet at home in New York City with oranges from Florida (?) and food coloring (from a lab in New Jersey) that is supposed to be an argument against buying, prepare and eating local food. (Disclosure: his wife and I used to be good friends in the 70's and 80's. Dubner admitted his total lack of logic with this argument in a follow up piece).
- The beloved William Safire's article "Locavorism" (Oct. 9, 2008) addresses the etymology and origins of the word:
- And, of course, The New York Times' own City Room Blog Roll features none other than my blog, Lighthearted Locavore, permanently on its homepage
Many others have written feature articles on Lovavores: Business Week, Time and Food and Wine "How to Eat Like a Locavore" (Feb. 2007) included.
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