far foods project of a british designer james reynolds
know the carbon emission of your food
This entry was posted on September 10, 2009 by fromporntoscience. It was filed under Uncategorized .
I love it! And it looks almost like my Sainsburys receipt – would be: Blueberries from Poland – ? miles….? Apples from Kent- ?miles
November 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm
Comedic and inspiring!
But while I like this, it also illustrates something I dislike about the local-food movement: I think that food-miles and emissions produced from food transport are further disconnected than this shows (and than people sometimes assume). For example, if one vegetable on this receipt was transported in a small quantity, the emissions per weight per mile could be significantly higher from another vegetable on the same receipt, making the number of miles alone a poor comparison.
With this in mind, 100 tomatoes driven 40 miles into a city for a farmer’s market may have more emissions to their name (per tomato) than 5,000 driven 3,000 miles to a bunch of grocery stores.
And with that same logic, one could rack up over 100% more emissions per tomato from either origin by driving 4 of them a couple of miles back to their home.
January 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm
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