Carbon impact of local foods, cont’d

Posted on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006 at 8:48 pm by JTE

One of the comments at Environmental Economics (on the post that asks if buying locally produced food actually is better for the environment, from the standpoint of greenhouse gas emissions) links to a back-of-the-envelope estimate of petroluem used in buying local produce vs. long-haul produce. It’s worth checking out. If all this is true, it’s mildly depressing, but not terribly so. The silver lining is that the local produce sure does taste good–and has the advantage (for the locality) of encouraging the economic mulitiplier of circulating money locally.

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