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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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Donald Pay

If you read the article, it breaks down broad food groups. Growing your own or buying your vegetables, fruits and nuts locally saves quite a bit of greenhouse gas emission for those categories of food. The inefficiencies of production of red meat and some row crops tends to load those items up with front-end greenhouse gas costs, so the transportation greenhouse gas appear small by comparison.

Thus, the way to reduce your greenhouse footprint is to buy as much of your vegetables, fruits and nuts as you can locally, reduce your consumption of corn-fed beef and corporate hogs and chickens and switch to locally and naturally produced animal products.

Ken Blanchard

No. Consuming locally produced food does not save greenhouse gasses. Consuming certain kinds of food rather than others, regardless of where they are produced, does reduce emissions. That was the second conclusion of the study, but it is irrelevant to the question here.

Donald Pay

KB, You're confusing issues because you are looking at it from the perspective of the total energy used to bring the product to market, Because red meat and row crop derived foods require lots of energy up-front, it only appears that the transportation energy costs are lower. It costs just as much in energy to ship a pound of beef across the country as it costs to ship a pound of lettuce.

Ken Blanchard

Yes, Donald, and it takes just as little energy to ship a pound of beef as a pound of lettuce. So the transportation costs don't only appear equal, they are equal.

Likewise, a cow flatulates just as much locally as at a distance. So buying locally is immaterial. What can make a difference is consumer preference for certain types of foods. Reducing beef consumption in favor of chicken or fish might make a significant difference, if enough people made that choice.

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