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|Quote (MichaelJ @ Mar. 11 2011,17:34)|
|Quote (fnxtr @ Mar. 12 2011,02:25)|
|It's been fashionable in my part of the world (Vancouver Island) to consider the 100-mile diet, i.e., only eat things that grow within a hundred miles.|
Nice idea, but not only would my neighbours and I have to give up oranges, bananas, coffee, tea, cocoa, and similar exotica, we couldn't even make bread, unless it was corn bread, or made somehow from potato flour.
So, paradoxically, while we have become a global village in the sense of commerce/trade/necessities, the village itself is so gigantic that its individual members are like the guy in the Total Perspective Vortex.
"What then, must we do?"
I dunno. Don't buy Nike's. Yeah, look for fair trade products. Walk or take the bus when you can. Share information, like what a scam CFL's are. Knowledge is power.
The problem with the eat local things is that in the end you have more people driving smaller trucks making more total stops so it may not be greener. For instance you might have an orchard 50 miles away that used to get visited once a day by a large more efficient truck. It now gets visited 10 times a day by smaller less efficient trucks.
It might in fact be greener visiting a Walmart.
But the demand for locally grown foods pressures the local grocery store to buy local (I've seen a lot of stuff labeled as such in the produce section lately). One big truck makes all the stops, I use exactly the same amount of gas to go grocery shopping as I did before.
Lou FCD is still in school, so we should only count him as a baby biologist. -carlsonjok -deprecated
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