Eat Local – Buy Local – Grow Local – Sell Local

Caledon Crunch

On September 29 th, 2010, four thousand Caledon students and staff at eight schools and the Town of Caledon Councillors and staff crunched on a local apple all at once, joined by a countdown on Radio Caledon. Schools participating included Belfountain, Credit View, Herb Campbell, Holy Family, James S. Bolton, Palgrave, Pope John Paul II and St. Cornelius as well as Town of Caledon Municipal Hall. All of the apples were grown in Caledon and purchased at one of the five pick your own Caledon Orchards – Albion Orchards, Dixie Orchards, Ken Speirs Orchards and the two new orchards opening for pick your own in 2010 – Berryview Farm and Spirit Tree Estate Cidery. See www.GrownInPeel.ca or www.eatlocalcaledon.org for more information on orchards. The Town of Caledon officially proclaimed September 29th as Caledon Crunch Day. The event was sponsored by Caledon Countryside Alliance (Ontario Trillium Foundation and Community Go Green Fund), the Caledon Farmers’ Market (Bolton) and the Inglewood Farmers’ Market.

If your school or business would like to participate in the 2011 Caledon Crunch, contact us at eatlocal@eatlocalcaledon.org or (905) 584-6221.

The Case for Eating Local Apples and Climate Friendly Diets

Eating local food will make your diet more climate friendly according to studies. Most activities, including consuming food, create greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that have a negative impact on climate. Reducing food miles (distance between where food is grown and consumed) will reduce GHG emissions according to a 2005 Waterloo Public Health Study. The studied examined a basket of 58 goods, including apples, that could all be grown or raised in the Region of Waterloo and contrasted those with goods from South Western Ontario (19 times more emissions) and goods imported (161 times more emissions).

Location Distance Travelled Emission Factor

Region 40 Km 0.008 kg/kg of food

Ontario (SW) 250 Km 0.067 kg/kg of food

Imported 4,497 Km 1.3 kg/kg of food

Eat local and take a bite out of climate change every day!