Eating local produce. Straight from the ground!
We've heard about Carbon footprints and Food Miles. If not, here's a short introduction. The term "Food Miles" refers to the distance of the food we purchase from the farmer to us (in the supermarket or grocery store).
The recent rage of environmental concerns over Food Miles have seen a shift towards the attitude of eating locally. We see more environmentally-conscious individuals purchasing foods that are produced locally instead of being imported from other countries.
However, according to Carnegie Mellon researchers Christopher L. Weber and H. Scott Matthews argue in an upcoming article in Environmental Science & Technology journal, Dietary choice and not Food miles play a more important role in reducing our food-related environmental impact.
They estimate that shifting to an entirely local diet would reduce the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions as driving 1,000 miles, while changing only one day per week's meat and dairy-based calories to chicken, fish, or vegetables would have about the same impact.
For interested readers, here is the link for further reading.
I am an advocate of "eating local". I believe foods that "travel less" taste the best. If we were to be absolutely environmentally friendly, I suggest we should turn to Vegan diet. That way, we keep the impact to minimal. But then, we wouldn't want to sacrifice good food. Environment or Good Food? It's a tough choice. What do you think?