I recently read the (UK based) article “How the myth of food miles hurts the planet” from The Observer. The premise of the article is that the environmental impact of food cannot be simply judged by its “food mile”.
The author has three arguments. Produce from Kenya is grown using manual labour, thus more environmentally friendly, and has a smaller carbon footprint than some British mega-farm produce even when you consider the airfreight. Buying local greenhouse lettuce is not really better than importing the field grown ones from Spain - the transportation costs are offset by the greenhouse heating costs. The local apples in August that were picked last fall use energy to be kept cold for nine months.
It really made me think about my local eating philosophy. I think that an important part of eating locally is eating seasonally, and with all things in life - moderation is key. Our main reason to eat locally is to support our local farmers and to eat fresh and tasty food.
What’s your reasons for eating local?