Friday, February 22, 2008
Things have been pretty hectic around here, what with getting back from our recent travels and it's been a while since I did more than just my typical meal post. This week I heard an NPR piece I had to share though. On Wednesday's Fresh Air Terry Gross interviewed Michael Specter about the carbon footprint of our food. Check out this fact: apples (purchased in the US) imported from New Zealand can have a lower carbon footprint than apples grown in upstate New York, depending on time of year and location of purchase. WHAT??!?!?!!!! Worse, that's not the only counterintuitive fact he shares. As if buying food responsibly wasn't hard enough already. Specter makes many compelling points about how the carbon use of food production and distribution is not as straightforward as we'd like it to be. Good lord, what do we do now???