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UTAS staffers urge us to eat local

Two women sitting in in garden bed with receptacle of strawberry plants in front and trees behind

Sandy Murray (School of Human Life Sciences and TILT and Kym Blechynden (Human Life Sciences, UDRH) of Launceston are part of the Tassievore Eat Local Food Challenge, challenging all Tasmanians to reconnect with their local food supply.

"The benefits of buying local food stretch beyond the plate—by joining the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge, you can support producers and local businesses, said Ms Blechynden.

"Not only is eating local great for your taste buds, it’s also great for the Tasmanian economy and good for the environment. I want to help and encourage more people to eat local food and build awareness around the benefits, which include building a resilient and strong community" said Ms Murray.

Anyone can take the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge—just commit to increasing your consumption of Tasmanian food for the challenge period which commences in November for a period of six months.

Whether it is 100 per cent, one day a week or just ensuring all of your fruit and vegetables are locally grown, this is a challenge for all Tasmanians.

Both Sandy and Kym have committed to only eat food locally grown and produced in Tasmania for the full six month period, which commences in November.

The state-wide challenge, coordinated by Sustainable Living Tasmania, will be launched on the 11th of November in Hobart and the 15th December in Launceston.

A number of events will be held throughout the six month period and the Tassievore website contains lots of local recipes, guest blogs and useful tips to support those taking the Challenge.

To get involved, register as a Tassievore, or join the conversation on Facebook (search Tassievore) or Twitter (@tassievore).

Published on: 29 Nov 2012 2:28pm