Daily Archives: 12/13/2003

Global Trade = Global Warming

I just won’t shut up about global warming. A recent article in Salon points out the high cost of shipping food around the world instead of eating local produce: Global Trade = Global Warming.

Researchers at Iowa State University have found that fruits and vegetables travel an average of 1,500 miles within the U.S., a 22 percent increase since 1981… Studies show that a basic diet with imported ingredients can easily consume four times the fossil-fuel energy and emit four times the carbon dioxide compared to domestically produced ingredients.

Almost all the food on Guam is imported, with only a few vegetables, fruits and meats produced on island. I can only imagine how much is cost to transport stuff across the ocean.