23 Jun '11, 5pm

Ask Pablo: What's The Impact Of Imported Tropical Fruit?

Ask Pablo: What's The Impact Of Imported Tropical Fruit?

There are times when global trade makes sense. A study from New Zealand's Lincoln University that proved New Zealand lamb transported to the UK to have a lesser carbon footprint (688 kg per tonne) than UK raised lamb (2,849 kg per tonne). My own life cycle assessment of global wine production and distribution found, to the annoyance of the California Wine Institute, that French wine had a lower carbon footprint than California wines roughly East of the Mississippi, mainly due to the inefficiency of truck transportation versus container ship. The numbers behind this "wine line" were recently reinforced in a new paper published by the Journal of Wine Research (co-authored by a UC Berkeley PhD student and me). Never Mind Apples And Oranges, Can We Compare Apples To Bananas? In some cases we can compare tropical fruit grown in Central America to the same fruit grown domestical...

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