Until one single kiwifruit travels form New-Zealand to Great-Britain, it generates an amount of glasshouse gas five times its weight. Did we ever think about how many kilometers of fuel do we eat every day, when such export goods, as banana, lemon, cocoa are served on our table? The numbers tell us, that the greatest amount of glasshouse gases are released during the production and transportation of red meat and dairy products.
Industrial agriculture requires more and more crude oil. Gasoline and diesel are integral for food production. Without fuel the machines don’t run, we cannot cultivate the land, there’s no chemical fertilizer, we are not able to process, package and transport the goods. What’s more many countries have to import food stocks. That’s why the rise in crude oil and fuel prices makes food constantly more expensive. Because of that too it would make sense to have locally produced food on the local markets. It is a typical waste of our modern world, to transport food to the customers from hundreds and thousands of miles. Experts draw the line at a distance of hundred miles, between local and imported food.