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Buy Local: The Big Word Called S-U-S-T-A-I-N-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y

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The travellers could hardly wait to tell Grandma about the Kon-Tiki and Thor Heyerdahl, they were sprinting home as fast as they could. “I think she’s going to be most impressed with how they ate fresh fish on the boat!” quipped Teyus. 

Grandma opened the door and the travellers poured in, telling her all about their adventure in loudy. They couldn’t even wait a second. 

“Thor Heyerdahl!?” exclaimed Grandma. She had spent several years as a child following his harrowing adventures. Many years ago she had even done a school project on him. “That’s simply awesome!” she said.

“But Grandma! You haven’t heard the best part yet!” said Mira excitedly.

“They make their own sashimi on the boat!” Teyus interjected, flipping an imaginary fishing rod from the chair and pretending to reel it in. 

Grandma looked wide eyed at them. She had just recently developed a real love for sashimi. “Well, you can’t get more local than that!”

Grandma continued, “Funny you bring up sashimi, look what I got from the amazing Sushi restaurant down the road.” She opened plastic containers of sushi in all different colours and shapes. Teyus loved eating and sushi was no different. He ripped opened his chopsticks and jumped in, filling his plate with as much as he could. Mira, on the other hand, still only ate cucumber sushi and maybe a California Roll if she was feeling adventurous. “I would certainly have starved on the Kon-Tiki” she said. 

“Grandma, where does all this fish come from?” asked Teyus, between mouthfuls of food.

Grandma took a second and answered. “Well, a lot of our salmon is locally sourced from here in Toronto. "Locally sourced" means it is caught locally.  Just like the Kon-Tiki crew, who chose to use local produce instead of carrying food with them, we should all try and follow the same example. It may be more costly to buy sometimes, but it’s better for the environment because it is sustainable, which means that the envionment won't get badly impacted by it.” 

“Really? My dad says we should just get the best deal!” said Teyus.

Grandma helped herself to another piece of sushi. She sighed and took a deep breath, this was a good opportunity to teach the kids more about sustainability.

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