Does transporting food hurt the environment?
It seems to be all the rage these days to worry about green house gases, carbon emissions, and how your day to day life affects the environment. I came across a short article discussing some of the research thats been done on how much the transporting of foods long distances contributes to environmental problems. Or rather, how much it doesn’t.
“In the United States, a 2007 analysis found that transporting food from producers to retailers accounted for only 4 percent of greenhouse emissions related to food. According to a 2000 study, agriculture was responsible for 7.7 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. In that study, food transport accounted for 14 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture, which means that food transport is responsible for about 1 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.” Full Article