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How Far Does Your Food Travel? 4 Reasons to Choose Local

Image from worldwatch.org.

How is your food produced? Do you really know where your food comes from? Have you ever been to your local farmer’s market, or do you usually just go straight to the grocery store? More people are becoming aware of the numerous reasons choosing organic food from farmer’s markets is better than conventional food from a grocery store, but most of us don’t realize how far our food travels before we’re even able to see it. Well, according to Worldwatch Institutethe average plate full of food on an American table has traveled 1500 miles before being eaten.

So, what’s the problem with having our food flown across the country, and often imported from across the world, before we actually get to eat it?

Here are just a few reasons to choose locally-grown food:

“The economic benefits of food trade are a myth. The big winners are agribusiness monopolies that ship, trade, and process food. Agricultural policies, including the new Farm Bill, tend to favor factory farms, giant supermarkets, and long-distance trade, and cheap, subsidized fossil fuels encourage long-distance shipping. The big losers are the world’s poor.”


Average Distances from Farm to Market

According to CUESA:

Terminal Market vs. Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Apples: 1,555 miles vs. 105 miles

Tomatoes: 1,369 miles vs. 117 miles

Grapes: 2,143 miles vs. 151 miles

Beans: 766 miles vs. 101 miles

Peaches: 1,674 miles vs. 184 miles

Winter Squash: 781 miles vs. 98 miles

Greens: 889 miles vs. 99 miles

Lettuce: 2,055 miles vs. 102 miles