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  • n. One who tries to eat only locally grown foods.


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From loca- by analogy with local, location, locomotive, locus, and so on, and -vore by analogy with carnivore, herbivore, and so on. Coined by Jen Maiser, Jessica Prentice, Sage Van Wing, and DeDe Sampson, co-founders of the “Locavores” Web site.


  • And now, he's a farm-to-table guy, just like Chopra who uttered the word locavore last night, like a prayer.

    Rozanne Gold: Chopra and Vongerichten Talk Food

  • Around here, where "fine dining" often means two kinds of vinegar for your chips, guffaws greet the term "locavore."

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • But in the heart of Appalachia, where there isn't a critical mass of suppliers or customers for whom the term "locavore" rolls naturally off the tongue, the restaurant remains something of a curiosity.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Jessica Prentice coined the term locavore for World Environment Day in 2005 to promote local eating, and local consumption in general.

    The Full Feed from

  • Both restaurants are owned by Thomas Salamunovich, a chef who might have been the first person to use the term locavore within the county.

    Vail Daily - Top Stories

  • Something that inspires the diner to use the word "locavore" in a sentence.

    Anna Brones: Formulating the Foolproof Foodie Menu

  • That’s why I like the term locavore–it represents for me at least the conscious choices I make to support local farmers and an occasional splurge on locally-sourced meat/fish, honey, dairy, etc.

    On the Varieties of Vegetarian Experience. | Mind on Fire

  • Anyone who cares about where her food comes from has bitten the proverbial apple: a passionate locavore is responsible for developing a greater knowledge of the food system, even (perhaps especially) when the answers are complex and intimidating.

    Isabel Cowles: Just Food ... and a Few Hard Truths

  • Agger's closing point that I somehow hold common cause with the urban lefties because I may meet one of the definitions of locavore is laughable.

    On Hunting and Democracy

  • Ten years ago in the United States, the word locavore didn't exist in our vocabulary.



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  • A locavore is someone who attempts to eat all or mostly locally grown food.

    July 4, 2009

  • I have heard proxitarian, on a par with vegetarian (a human who exercises choice over what to eat) rather than with carnivore (an animal which doesn't).

    December 25, 2008

  • Interesting concept, I might try it for a week just to see how batty it makes me and so that I appreciate pappadums all the more.

    What would be the antonym? Globivore - those of us devouring the world's resources by eating products from all over it?

    November 22, 2007

  • Ha! That always makes me think of those who are "without child"--as though they somehow deliberately lost them along the way.

    Much as I'd love to be a locavore, I love coffee and chocolate and...well, other stuff...too much. At least I buy fair-trade, shade-grown, organic coffee (a mouthful in itself). Think that helps?

    Sionnach: I agree. This is not a likeable word.

    November 14, 2007

  • Nope, I'm a kiwi-eating, darjeeling-swilling eater of world foods. To me, coffee is the #1 reason not to be a locavore, with greek olives a close second. But because I am with child* I have given it up for the time being.

    *Actually had a doctor refer to me as such. I nearly peed my pants trying not to laugh.

    November 14, 2007

  • I dislike this word.

    November 13, 2007

  • Aha! So you're one of them! ;-)

    November 13, 2007

  • I've also heard locatarian as a way to describe the valiant few among us on the east coast who can forgo coffee.

    November 13, 2007

  • I've heard of a placeholder, but not a "place-eater". I like the concept (eating things grown locally), but "proxivore" might have been a better word for it.

    November 13, 2007

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