How far does a carrot travel from farm to store? An infographic from GOOD illustrates local and conventional produce miles – with an interesting new approach.By now, the concept of food miles is well known, but this chart from GOOD, in collaboration with Naz Şahin & Şerifcan Özcan, makes the difference between local and conventional produce more concrete. For example, we were interested to learn that the average distance traveled by a local carrot from farm to store is equal to 213,840 carrots laid end to end. If that seems like a lot, consider the distance traveled by a non-local carrot – it's equivalent to 14,556,960 carrots laid end to end! It's a powerful image.
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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