Why Eat Local?

Fuel Dependent FarmingWhen it comes to the foods you eat, you have choices. One of those choices has to do with how far the food traveled before it made it to your dinner plate. In this article, you will see the flow of food from farm to plate and consider the potential problems associated with the system and the likely inevitable impending consequences for relying on our flimsy system.

Farm Truck Carrying ProduceConsider the travel of a single vegetable before it makes it to your dinner table. Once harvested, bushels are loaded on an oil dependent farm truck that brings it to the plant for oil dependent machine washing and processing.

 

Loading produce onto a climate controlled containerFrom there, the farms final product is loaded into a fuel dependent climate controlled container by a fuel dependent fork lift. The container changes hands for the first time as it is picked up by an oil dependent 18 wheeler. The trucking company transports the container to the port where the container is moved by an oil dependent crane and loaded on an oil dependent ship.

Cargo Ship, carrying among other things, Produce!

Will you eat from these containers?

The ship is pushed across the ocean where the container can again be lifted by crane to land where it can again be picked up by a climate controlled 18 wheeler for transportation to an oil dependent facility owned by the one who purchased the container of vegetation for resale of the contents.

From there, the whole process starts all over again as the foods are often processed and changed, repackaged into smaller packages and then redistributed in oil dependent climate controlled trucks where they will change ownership to new oil dependent owners.

If we are lucky, the new owners are the central distribution centers for our grocery stores. They will assemble various food products together to fill up an oil dependent climate controlled 18 wheeler that is sent to the grocery store where it can be unloaded by oil dependent forklifts and eventually moved to the store shelves.

We then get in our oil dependent climate controlled vehicles and drive to our oil dependent grocery stores where we exchange money we don’t own for vegetation that isn’t real, and this we give to our children – something is wrong!

“Nine Meals Away From Anarchy”

Lord Cameron of Dillington, a British farmer, coined the phrase “nine meals away from anarchy”. He explained that if our fuel supply was suddenly interrupted, the transportation of food to the stores would be interrupted and the grocery stores would be out of food within 3 days. Although, they would probably run out faster due to the human nature of panic shopping.

You see, whether meats, dairy, or vegetation, our food supply is oil dependent. Farming is done with tractors and machinery that is mostly oil dependent. Our foods then travel great distances to make it to the grocery stores. Much of it travels oversees before it even makes it to central distributing locations. It can pass through many middlemen before it finally makes it to us.

What is the practical solution? Consider Growing Local. (You have to see the video on the “Growing Local” page!