The Food Less Travelled

Been meaning to get this post on organic and locally-grown food from Cascadia Scorecard Weblog up for several days (WorldChanging beat me to it). It links to a BBC report that notes

Local food is usually more “green” than organic food, according to a report published in the journal Food Policy.

The authors say organic farming is also valuable, but people can help the environment even more by buying food from within a 20km (12-mile) radius.

They calculate that moving food long distances can cause more harm than non-organic farming methods.

This struck me particularly hard as my wife and I were shopping at Whole Foods yesterday… I noticed they were selling organic oranges grown in California. From this report, I had to gather that any environmental benefits of organic growth were, at the very least, negated by shipping it halfway across the country…

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