AS AN EXAMPLE, HERE'S WHAT MRS. JOHN EDWARDS SAID DURING THE RECENT PRIMARY CAMPAIGN:
... Elizabeth Edwards raised in passing the importance of relying on locally-grown fruit.WELL, THE ECO-NUTSIES ARE WRONG AGAIN:
"We've been moving back to 'buy local,'" Mrs. Edwards said, outlining a trade policy that "acknowledges the carbon footprint" of transporting fruit.
"I live in North Carolina. I'll probably never eat a tangerine again," she said, speaking of a time when the fruit is reaches the price that it "needs" to be.
Long haul food can produce lower carbon emissions than local produce Buying locally produced food can produce more greenhouse gases than buying products transported long distances to customers' doors, a new study has revealed.
The findings contradict the belief that buying local food is the best option for the environment and cast doubt on the attention being paid to the "food miles" accumulated by food.
Researchers at Exeter University compared the carbon dioxide emissions of organic vegetables from local farm shops with mass produced organic vegetables delivered to customers' doors as part of a large scale vegetable box scheme.
They found that if consumers had to make a round trip by car of more than four miles to visit their local farm shop, the carbon emissions produced were greater than the mass produced vegetables that had been kept in cold storage and transported by heavy goods vehicle.
The researchers compared all carbon emissions from the fuel and energy used in each supply chain. As both methods used organic farming the farming practices were deemed to be the same.
... Recent research, however, has revealed that even products shipped from the other side of the world can emit fewer greenhouse gases than British equivalents. Lamb produced in New Zealand, for example, produces four times less carbon dioxide even after travelling 11,000 miles to British supermarkets, compared with British produced lamb.
Figures from a study at Lincoln University also revealed that both dairy products and apples imported from New Zealand had less of an effect on the environment than those produced in the UK.
AN EARLIER ANALYSIS BY THE CHICAGO BOYZ ALSO DISPROVED THE ECO-NUTSIE THEORY.