Eating Local Has Little Effect on Warming, Study Says

Posted on April 25, 2008 

“Eating Local” Has Little Effect on Warming, Study Says


Being a “locavore” and eating foods grown near where you live may not help the environment as much as you might think, according a new study.

When it comes to global warming, focusing simply on where food comes from will make only a small difference, the study’s authors say.

On average, food racks up about 1,000 food miles (or 1,650 “food kilometers”) traveling from farms to processing or packaging plants before reaching Americans’ dinner plates, the study estimates.

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