Local Food Environmentalism
There’s an amazing op-ed in the NYT this week, about local food as a form of environmentalism. McWilliams writes, “There are many good reasons for eating local — freshness, purity, taste, community cohesion and preserving open space — but none of these benefits compares to the much-touted claim that eating local reduces fossil fuel consumption.” In the essay, McWilliams discusses the oft-cited New Zealand study where other factors were included into their math for finding the “carbon footprint” of foods coming into the UK, and I think addresses it appropriately. The study does nothing to discredit buying local, but points out that taking away the distance only matters when every other condition is perfect. The global food situation is important too, even if you only want to buy local and live in a bubble. For now, I’m content to mix my grocery shopping between the Dupont Farmer’s Market, Whole Foods, and yes, Safeway.
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