Sunday, July 29, 2007

Steps You Can Take #1: buy your produce locally

The transportation of agribiz products across the globe accounts for an immense proportion of fossil fuel use. Moving "fresh" fruit & veg across the globe is big business-- and means big polluion.

The choices we make at the grocery store directly impact greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Start at home: make a bold step in the right direction by committing to buy your produce locally. Read labels; sometimes they reveal the country of origin. And start simply: buy USA produce only, nothing shipped internationally. Eventually, you can become more discriminating in your purchasing choices. Make a conscious effort to find out where your produce comes from: ask you your grocer if the label is not clear.

Tip: local farmers' markets are great places to get locally-grown food, meet like-minded people, reduce your carbon footprint, and enjoy better-tasting, healthier foods. Look one up near you.


At 9/24/2007 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does that mean no bananas unless I move to the tropics?

At 9/30/2007 3:33 PM, Blogger Algernon said...

'fraid so. That is, of course, unless you can find a local hothouse grower!

At 10/12/2007 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yikes! What about chocolate?


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