How Far Does Your Produce Travel?

How Far Does Your Produce Travel?

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Emily Han
Dec 16, 2009
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.

How about apples, broccoli, and other fruits and vegetables? Check out the infographic at GOOD:
Transparency: How Far Your Produce Travels

Related:
How Far Does Your Food Travel?
Tools for Eating Locally
Debate: How Much Do Food Miles Matter?

(Image: GOOD in collaboration with Naz Şahin & Şerifcan Özcan)

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