Localvores get flawed analysis in Progress
That's what the Boston Globe revealed last year in "The localvores dilemma." Such analysis is lacking in this morning's Daily Progress story in which a a reporter and headline writer seem to believe that "local produce saves energy in huge way."
However, what follows is a horror of fuel consumption about what happens with local produce: the average farmer's market vendor travels 60 miles for each visit.
Picture 311 pickup trucks, station wagons, SUVs, and sedans converging at the downtown City Market each bearing just a few bushels of veggies. The researcher found that the Market burns through as much energy as 18 homes.
Suddenly, that lone 18-wheeler bearing a giant load and hoofing it over from the American Midwest or California doesn't seem so bad. It's obvious that the fuel-expended per food item on the trip from the factory farm is actually much less.
Several of us at the Hook wouldn't dream of getting our veggies anywhere but from a CSA . But while there are a lot of great reasons to buy locally, transport fuel efficiency is not one of them.