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The costs of eating

July 9, 2007

A growing number of people are reacting against the current way food gets to the local market. Michael Pollen’s Omnivore’s Dilemma recently highlighted this trend. Some now point to the obvious energy costs transporting food from the four corners of the globe. While this can be a valid concern; it may be overblown.

The Financial Tines has an article covering the murky reality of the costs of transporting food to the U.S. and Europe. The energy used in transportation is much lower than commonly believed given the tremendous efficiency of global logistics today. The revolution of container shipping has allowed for all sorts of goods to be shipped at low per unit cost both monetarily and environmentally.

There certainly is some very compelling reasons to eat foods grown locally. You can pick up some extremely fresh vegetables in season. The excellent blog Restaurant Widow details the options in Columbus for eating locally. The Dispatch noted one of the costs of eating locally, a poor fruit harvest caused by a cold spring and a dry early summer. The strawberry lovers will be forced to go out of region to get what they want.

Note: The “local” trend reminds me of the awful100 Mile Suit“.

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