Is Local Food Better? Yes, But There’s More

Posted by James Steele, April 20, 2009

I have been interested in the area of local food since the publication of a book called ENTROPY, by Jeremy Rifkin, first published in 1980. A small chapter on the energy output of agriculture and the shipping and packaging of food hundreds of miles inspired me to further reading, resulting in my passion for Bio-Intensive Gardening and Permaculture.

Ed Brown, a Go Green Alternative contributor, passed on this article that is quite interesting and gives ‘food for thought’.  Thanks Ed… This is a good reminder for the Eat Local Challenge, sponsored by Hogtown HomeGrown. Are you ready to take the challenge?

Is Local Food Better? Yes, But There’s More, by Sarah DeWeerdt

In 1993, a Swedish researcher calculated that the ingredients of a typical Swedish breakfast-apple, bread, butter, cheese, coffee, cream, orange juice, sugar-traveled a distance equal to the circumference of the Earth before reaching the Scandinavian table. In 2005, a researcher in Iowa found that the milk, sugar, and strawberries that go into a carton of strawberry yogurt collectively journeyed 2,211 miles (3,558 kilometers) just to get to the processing plant. As the local-food movement has come of age, this concept of “food miles” (or “-kilometers”)-roughly, the distance food travels from farm to plate-has come to dominate the discussion, particularly in the United States, the United Kingdom, and parts of Western Europe.( continued…)