Comment 5372

By Sarah (registered) | Posted February 12, 2007 at 21:13:46

You forgot to mention eating locally grown food. Because of the export orientation and open markets, and the inability of small farmers to meet local retailer needs, food travels long distances to reach our tables. A recent study by Region of Waterloo Public Health states that 58 commonly eaten (imported) food items travel an average of 4,497km to reach Waterloo Region. A similar study conducted by FoodShare estimated that the average piece of produce sold at the Dufferin Mall No Frills Supermarket in Toronto travels 5364km from source to consumer. The goods from a similar food basked sold at the neighbouring Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market traveled on average 101km. It's possible to eat locally grown food all year long, and hopefully with public participation and support, it will be easier in the future. Eating locally drastically reduces CO2 emissions generated by the food economy, saves family farms and supports sustainable agriculture. It's also arguably healthier, good for the local economy and strengthens community relationships. More info at www.environmenthamilton.org/eatlocal

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