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Buying Local Reduces CO2 Emissions and Truck Pollutants

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  • Mike Neuman
    Acting from Your Gut When most people think about curbing global warming emissions, cars and power plants usually come to mind. But did you know that the
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      Acting from Your Gut

      When most people think about curbing global warming emissions, cars and
      power plants usually come to mind. But did you know that the production
      and transportation of the food consumed by the typical American
      generates nearly as much carbon dioxide as the average car? That's
      because the standard kilogram of food consumed today in the United
      States travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate. Peter Hoffman, national
      chair of the Chefs Collaborative, a nationwide network of food
      producers with a mission to advance a more sustainable food supply, and
      the owner and chef of New York City's Savoy restaurant, says, "If you
      want to reduce your environmental impact, in particular your carbon
      dioxide emissions, then the less fossil fuels that are used to get food
      to you, the better. You can start simply by going to a farmer's market,
      buying something locally produced and incorporating it into your
      regular shopping."

      Source: National Wildlife Magazine
      Apr/May 2005, vol. 43 no. 3
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