Sunday, May 06, 2007

Shop, Buy and Eat Locally

Did you know that the production and transportation of the food consumed by the typical American generates nearly as much carbon dioxide as the average car? The standard kilogram of food consumed today in the United States travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate.

Peter Hoffman, national chair of the Chefs Collaborative, a nationwide network of food producers with a mission to advance a more sustainable food supply:
If you want to reduce your environmental impact, in particular your carbon dioxide emissions, then the less fossil fuels that are used to get food to you, the better. You can start simply by going to a farmer’s market, buying something locally produced and incorporating it into your regular shopping.
Think about it. Patronize your local farmer's market. Or grow your own!

4 comments:

swayrs said...

Hi,

I like what you've done here with your blog and I was wondering if you would be interested in a blogroll or partnership link exchange. My blog is www.news.worldwild.org. Feel free to drop a line anytime.

Mark said...

Very thought provoking. These are the kinds of things you discuss in college econ courses, but most people never think in these terms.

My mom, wife, and sister are all into a book called "Square Foot Gardening". It might be a good resource to help your readers take the good advice of this post. Thanks!

CyberCelt said...

@swayrs-I linked to news.worldwide.org. Thanks for stopping by!

@mark-I have read that book and you are right, it would be an excellent resource to place on this site. I will look and see if Amazon has it.

Ron said...

The buying and eating things locally is something I never thought about it, but it makes a lot of sense.

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