Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Buying local produce maybe not better
I wrote previously about an article in the Economist that challenges presumptions about FairTrade, organic, and locally produced food. Now there is an article in the New York Times specifically about locally produced food maybe being worse for the environment. I am probably on the more conservative side of this issue. I am of the opinion, for instance, that pesticides, herbicides, and massive transport of food allowed the green revolution and ensured that everyone in the world could be fed, even if geopolitical and infrastructure problems prevent that. However, the best part of this article is that people are thinking critically for themselves, and challenging the assumptions of the status quo (the status quo in this instance being that buying local is better). Even if someone comes to a different conclusion than me, if they have thought through all the ramifications of their actions, I am generally pretty happy.