Oxford’s Word of the Year Proves Local is in the Zeitgeist

Locavore is the word of the year for 2007.

According to the Oxford blog, “The “locavore” movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to grow or pick their own food, arguing that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locavores also shun supermarket offerings as an environmentally friendly measure, since shipping food over long distances often requires more fuel for transportation. “The word ‘locavore’ shows how food-lovers can enjoy what they eat while still appreciating the impact they have on the environment,” said Ben Zimmer, editor for American dictionaries at Oxford University Press. “It’s significant in that it brings together eating and ecology in a new way.”

My “Why Local is in the Zeitgeist” post from last September had already foretold that announcement.

(found via Greg Sterling’s blog)

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