Was just perusing this thread car fossil fuels vs other fossil fuels where the OP makes the very good point that, if we are motivated to save fossil fuels, there are additional measures we should be taking above & beyond going car-free/lite.
Then Roody brings up the idea of eating locally produced food. So I'm posting yet another link to an NPR segment I listened to last night. It is rather long.
P.S. - I don't have good grocery shopping where I live right now. I tend to stop by a nearby Wholefoods (expensive organic) on my way home 1 - 2 times a week. The produce is wonderful but much of it travels great distances .
I am trying to buy more from local farmers markets when I can. Another idea I should explore more is that of buying a food subscription. Has anyone here done that? In case you haven't heard of it this is when a nearby farmer agrees to sell his entire crop as shares to individuals. He produces a mixture of crops conducive to the area and, as they ripen, distributes them directly to his subscribers.
And without further ado - here is NPR:
Talk of the Nation, August 25, 2006 · When you sit down to dinner tonight, take a minute to consider how far your food traveled to get to your plate. Is your steak from Nebraska? Are your carrots from California? Experts say eating locally might make us healthier and safer... and it would be better for the environment, too.
Brian Halweil, author: Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket; senior researcher, Worldwatch Institute
Jennifer L. Wilkins, Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow; Senior Extension Associate, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
Eating Local, Thinking Global