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Locally Grown Organic living in Barcelona

{Locally Grown Living in Barcelona}

1. What

Here we have provided a collection of information, suggestions, and restaurant guide for any student/professor/visitor who wishes to eat and shop locally while in Barcelona. Also, this page contains links, information, and blogs giving a wider scale of suggestions to how one can eat sustainably while abroad. Below, one can also find information explaining which produce is actually grown locally, how it is grown, and during what season. Not only is it important for the food one buys to be local and organic, but we can also learn how to cook it sustainably - maximizing it's nutritional value, and minimizing our ecological footprint.


Markets selling locally grown produce:

Fira Artesana - local homemade Honey/Preserves market
Takes place during 1st Friday and Saturday of every month, located in Placa del Pi

La Llibertat Market - local produce
Placa Llibertat, Gracia

L'Abacería Central Market - local produce, also located Gracia
http://www.mercatabaceria.com/

Mercat de Provençales - local farmers/venders/products
Calle Menorca, 19. Sant Martí


Organic/Vegan/Vegetarian/Local Grocery Stores:
http://www.sincarne.net/barcelona-health-food-shops.htm

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurants who buy from local farmers:

-"Organic"  located 11, C. de la Junta de Comerc open 12.30-24.00
It is a self service, vegetarian buffet and also have a location in the Boqueria. 

-La Bascula  Calle Flassaders 30  Open 1-11.30pm Tue-Sat
Here is a quote about it:
"This vegetarian cooperative-run café located in a former chocolate factory is a "hidden Jewel" in the trendy Borne Area. With excellent fresh food and a large dining room situated out back it creates a laid back ambience with healthy dishes to choose from, desserts to die for, interesting teas and a creative mixture of smoothies and milkshakes and reasonably priced."

-Juicy Jones C/Cardenal Casañas 7 and C/Hospital 74 10.00-24.00, closed Monday
vegan restaurant, has fixed menu with soup, bread, sandwiches, desserts like soy milk shakes and smoothies.

-Vegetalia  C/ Escudellers, 54 daily 12.00-24.00
Changing menu of the day including dessert.  Also sells their own packaged tofu, seitan, and juices.

-Gopal C/ Escudellers 42  Tue-Sun 12:00-23:00
Vegan deli style restaurant, casual.  Cheap menu of the day (5.90) and wide range of vegan sandwiches.

2. Why/Potential Benefits

  • Resilience - The more we're able to live and participate in a self-sufficient community, the more sustainable our ecological footprint is on an individual scale, and as a societal scale. If we rely on products grown, sold, and created locally, we not only boost our local economy, but we become less reliant on external sources.
  • Change in Attitudes - By providing information and links on sustainable living in Barcelona, we not only see that it's pretty easy to find locally grown food and produce, but that it's not a sacrifice of price, quality, or atmosphere. We can develop a mindset that shopping locally (at markets, or dining at a restaurant) is part of a social experience. Not only do we support local economy, but we learn more about local culture, cuisine, and agriculture.
  • Reducing dependency on other countries/nations for imports that are available locally.
  • Ecological/Water footprints - The ecological footprint of transporting and importing/exporting food is enormous. By buying from and promoting local growers and markets, we not only eliminate the middle man and can reduce costs, but also significantly reduce the amount of energy used to transport food commercially.
  • Long term effects - By supporting a local economy we not only improve the health of our community (through knowledge and awareness of where and how our food is being grown), but can become socially closer and more supportive of each other (local businesses supporting each other) while boosting local economy. Through knowing where and how our food is being grown and distributed (pesticide exposure, nutritional content, and soil improvement) we can make conscious decisions regarding our diet and health.


3. How


Through talking to local grocers, investigating what and how things are imported or grown, treated, marketed and sold I hope to develop a list of markets or small shops (in each barrio) where students can be assured that the produce that they are buying is organic and they are supporting a self-sustainable food industry here in Spain. In addition to sustainable shopping, I provide information on sustainable cooking, and information so we know where our food comes from. Finally, as a third option for students for eating sustainably, is putting together a collection of vegetarian restaurants, seafood restaurants who support sustainable fisheries, etc. This could all be made available in the welcome packet that iES provides, and/or on the Green Link Website that Katie Dasburg is creating for this class. We could add a page to the daily planner we all received about organic foods in BCN or add a vegetarian/organic restaurants page in it. (Michael) And also a link on the Sustainability Club website.


Tips on local living
www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Locovore

Guide to Barcelona Locally Grown Organic restaurants
http://www.sincarne.net/barcelona-vegan-restaurants.htm
http://www.bookatable.com/es/barcelona/fresh-produce-restaurants

Information on Sustainable Agriculture in Catalonia
http://www20.gencat.cat/portal/site/DAR ~~

Tips for Sustainable Cooking:
http://www.sierraclub.org/truecostoffood/cooking.asp

Conservation and Food Sovereignity Workshop - Barcelona
http://www.iied.org/natural-resources/key-issues/food-and-agriculture/conservation-and-food-sovereignty-workshop-video-barcelona-oct-08

5. Students involved in this action

Anya Haas
Michael Garlinghouse
Connor Mulrooney
Caroline Elling
Annie Mickle
Kathryn Dasburg
Cole Konopka


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Very good initiative, and I hope that this list can grow in future semesters. A few comments on improvable things: "Also, this page contains links, information, and blogs giving a wider scale of suggestions to how one can eat sustainably while abroad." It's not clear which criteria you took to compile this list, and what you meant to "eat sustainably". For what I can read below, it seems that you chose vegetarian and vegan restaurants and shops, besides the ones which explicitly said that used locally grown foods. Moreover, a definition of each of the key terms used in the report would have been appropriate: what type of vegetarian meals? (ovo-lacto-vegetarian? strict vegetarians?). And some potential readers might not know what vegan is, and whether a fully vegetarian or vegan diets are healthy enough for a person (I don't know myself the answer for a vegan diet, for instance). "Below, one can also find information explaining which produce is actually grown locally, how it is grown, and during what season. Not only is it important for the food one buys to be local and organic, but we can also learn how to cook it sustainably - maximizing it's nutritional value, and minimizing our ecological footprint. " Very good initiative (also about cooking). However, the idea was not just to compile links, but to provide information. For instance, "how to cook it sustainably": you could have extracted a few of the tips or recommendations from that linked website and provide it here, while designing some way to pass that information to the accommodations of IES Abroad Barcelona students. In this action you say that 7 people participated, which is a lot of people (something like way less than 2 items from the report per person). Moreover, you said "Below, one can also find information explaining which produce is actually grown locally, how it is grown, and during what season", and I couldn't find this information for all items; "during what season": I coulnd't find this information for any item. "La Bascula Calle Flassaders 30 Open 1-11.30pm Tue-Sat. Here is a quote about it: "This vegetarian cooperative-run café..." "Here is a quote"... from where? you are expected to cite the sources of your information, and much more if the text is copied literally. "2. Why/Potential Benefits." Excellent arguments provided! However, this section (list of bullet points with no introduction) looks like a quick draft (with very good information, by the way!) for the answer, but not a section of a report in a deliverable form. congratulations for the justification of the action (the information in the bullets points). I miss the explanation comparing the water footprint of eating meet/fish than just eating vegetarian food. And I miss the explanation on why vegetarian diet has a much smaller ecological footprint & impact than a meat-based diet. I miss the section about potential costs. Time is a limited resource, and someone will have to improve that list, with common criteria, extend it, find resources by suburbs in the city, etc. And standardize the variables analyzed for each place in the list, in order to keep some sort of database or big table, maybe, so that all entries in that list have common criteria applied to them all?: Vegetarian? Vegan? Local products? (Oranges, for instance) Season or from all-year-round products? (Oranges in winter; in summer, if you buy oranges, they either come from the other hemisphere, or they are stored in fridges for many months... requiring much more energy and space for storage, and maybe it's not needed that we are able to buy cheap oranges all year round - with lots of externalized costs, to allow that they can be sold cheap even if they are not - even if they are produced in winter. Price range? "Ecological meat"? (some people sell this type of meat; would you include it or not and why?). allowing take away? do they deliver at home? (useful information also when you are busy at home doing some urgent project - studying for final exams or finishing term papers? - and want to have some food delivered to your place) Besides compiling, updating and standardizing this information, you have to decide how to deliver this information to students. If the list grows a lot, it might not be handy just a single page with all the information listed in a row one after the other. For such things, some time an expertise is required to design a website which can handle, manage and allow filtering and searching this information appropriately. Otherwise, the design is not "scalable", which means that it can not grow to higher scales because it didn't have into account how to manage the growth issue. Creating a geolocalized database (on top of a map of Barcelona) would be the best option, and it takes some time, and maybe money (depending on which software you use, and where you host it, etc). It can be created in the Sustainability Club website, by means of Tiki trackers and Google maps. "3. How. (...) I hope to develop a list of markets or small shops (in each barrio)"... Good plan. However, I couldn't see any subdivision of the lists in barrios/neighborhoods. "I provide information on sustainable cooking, and information so we know where our food comes from" Mmmm, where is that information? (I couldn't see it, beyond a simple link to an external website) "This could all be made available in the welcome packet that iES provides (...). We could add a page to the daily planner we all received about organic foods in BCN or add a vegetarian/organic restaurants page in it" Ok. Who is going to do this? Which steps did you do to make it a reality? "4. References & Links" You didn't provide full details of the references and cites used (Author, title, year, etc). some references were added in the text, and not in the references section instead: Organic/Vegan/Vegetarian/Local Grocery Stores: http://www.sincarne.net/barcelona-health-food-shops.htm At last: why did you write "{Locally Grown Living in Barcelona}" at the beggining? You have to use exclamation mark at the beggining of a sentence ("!") to convert it into a heading of first level.


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