Food activism was alive and well even a century ago, but it was considered common sense, not radical eating. The most interesting thing about these US Food Administration recommendations from 1917 is the nod to buying locally. The local food movement is largely touted as a 21st Century phenomenon, but the value of local food sources has long been understood. Generations that lived through contagion, wars, or the great depression all understand the value and necessity of having food at hand, and being able to grow more of it yourself. There are few communities that grow enough food locally to be able to sustain themselves through crises, and crises are becoming more common as food sourcing and distribution is consolidated. Interruptions in transportation or computing systems, extreme weather events, and economic instability all threaten the current food structure, maybe it's time to start listening.