18 Jul '11, 10am

Less Meat or More Local Food? Sustainability Calls for Both

Less Meat or More Local Food? Sustainability Calls for Both

So does it mean that it’s ok for me to adopt Meatless Monday and instead go to Costco and buy myself bananas from Costa Rica, tomatoes from Florida, neatly packaged apples in a plastic wrap from Washington and green peas from California? It’s definitely going to be a healthier lunch, but will it actually make my eating more sustainable? I doubt. It’s not that eating less meat is not important for both your health and the environment, or that Weber and Matthews got it wrong in their life cycle analysis. Both are right. It’s just that putting these two options one against another instead of putting them together in one comprehensive solution is the wrong way to look at the issues in our food system. The food system in the U.S. is broken because of many reasons and focusing on just one problem (i.e. its carbon footprint) and ignoring the others will be just like fixing one pa...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/07/meat-local-food-need-...

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