The following is an excerpt from my new article at AgriTrue.com
Think of a little raspberry. It is growing on a healthy plant in Chile, enjoying the heat and bright Summer sun in South America. It grows and grows, and while it is still orange and hard and unripe, it is picked and packed and sent on a trip. First, that little raspberry is trucked to the airport, likely in Santiago, Chile. Then it is loaded onto a climate controlled airplane and flown to New York (or Miami or Los Angeles or Dallas). The raspberry is then put back into another refrigerated truck and driven to your local grocery store, and somewhere along the way, this raspberry will change from orange to deep red and from firm to soft. It will be placed on the shelf in the produce department, ready for you to eat a red raspberry in the dead of Winter…. remember, summertime in South America is wintertime in North America. This little adventure took only 3-4 days, but that little raspberry travelled well over 5,000 miles!
Those 5,000+ miles are considered Food Miles. This is a term used to describe how far food travels in its life, from where it was produced to where it is sold to the consumer. Food Miles have been used to assess the environmental impact of modern agriculture and the globalization of our food.
We are mostly told about Food Miles to make us feel guilty. And that guilt (some will call it education) is used to inspire change. After all, everyone knows that intercontinental travel of food causes tons and tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and so everyone who eats raspberries in the Winter is directly responsible for everything that is wrong with the planet. Right?spesifikasi android