The New Oxford American Dictionary has announced their 2007 word of the year and it’s food related! Locavore.
The â€œlocavoreâ€ movement encourages consumers to buy from farmersâ€™ 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.
â€œThe word â€˜locavoreâ€™ shows how food-lovers can enjoy what they eat while still appreciating the impact they have on the environment,â€ said Ben Zimmer, editor for American dictionaries at Oxford University Press. â€œItâ€™s significant in that it brings together eating and ecology in a new way.â€
Oxford Word Of The Year: Locavore [OUPblog]