This week’s green tip is to eat local. No, I’m not suggesting that you give up your coffee or chocolate. Believe me; I live in Wisconsin! But if you increase your consumption of locally grown foods, you can save a bundle in transportation miles—and support the local economy as well.
Some of today’s practices are quite astounding. One site mentioned that the authors’ local crab that was caught in the Pacific Northwest, sent to China to be extracted from the shell then shipped back again for a 8000 mile round trip. The chart below from Iowa State University shows other typical travel distances:
|Table 1. Comparison of local versus conventional source WASD (food miles) for produce Produce Type||Locally grown||Conventional Source Estimation|
|WASD (miles)||WASD (miles)|
|WASD –for all produce||56||1,494|
Eating local is typically defined as eating foods produced within 100 miles of your home. Easy sources of local foods include farmer’s market, community supported agriculture and, if you are ambitious, gardening. Your supermarket may even mark foods as local.
For sources, see the Local Harvest Website.
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