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Old 06-01-2006, 10:23 AM   #1
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was reading an article in some crunchy granola magazine last night..


we live in a world where you can eat pretty much anything you want any time of year you happen to want it. but this comes at a rather significant price. for example, for a single hawiian pineapple to make it to your fruit shelf takes something on the order of an entire gallon of gasoline because it is flown from hawaii. a locally grown apple takes only a teaspoon of gas to get to your house because of how little distance it travels.

so it seems kind of useless to worry about it, because it feels like if you're the only one worrying, there's just no goddamn point. but still, they made a pretty good point and had a number of different pieces of produce with a measuring cup (or cups) full of fluid next to them to represent how much fuel each piece of produce burns to get to your house.

obviously if you live in california you basically don't need to even worry about this
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:24 AM   #2
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I dunno what's worse, the fact that you were reading some crunchy granola magazine, or the fact that you remembered it the next morning and decided to tell us.
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:26 AM   #3
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I'd like to see the difference in "Organic" produce vs. conventional produce.

I bet "Organic" would be quite a bit more.
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:28 AM   #4
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organic or not, the food is still being shipped the same distance. the article was basically making a case for buying all of your produce "locally-grown" whenever possible. there's a farmer's market less than a mile from my apartment on tuesdays and thursdays buying produce there means almost zero fuel-cost-per-food-mile..

the other thing that this article mentioned was that the higher the demand for organic produce (which is steadily increasing), the more big farms will produce and ship it worldwide. so going to the store for organic produce might mean even MORE fuel-per-food-mile costs..
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:28 AM   #5
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I can't wait for my garden to start producing.

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Old 06-01-2006, 10:30 AM   #6
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It's going to be really interesting around here in 50 years when we are basically out of oil. I hope we have cold fusion by then.
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:30 AM   #7
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for example, for a single hawiian pineapple to make it to your fruit shelf takes something on the order of an entire gallon of gasoline
Sems implausable as a pinaple cost around 3$? On a related note, pinapples are delicous.
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:32 AM   #8
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Sems implausable as a pinaple cost around 3$? On a related note, pinapples are delicous.
dunno. it kind of makes sense though.. pineapples from hawaii are flown.. probably the most inefficient method of transporting food.

edit: and yes, they are amazingly goddamn good. imagine being the first intelligent caveman, walking along, and you see this weird spiky bush.. and at the center of it is this thing that sorta looks like a cross beween an admadillo and a rock. and you decide "hey, i'm gonna try to eat this."


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Old 06-01-2006, 10:35 AM   #9
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dunno. it kind of makes sense though.. pineapples from hawaii are flown.. probably the most inefficient method of transporting food.

edit: and yes, they are amazingly goddamn good. imagine being the first intelligent caveman, walking along, and you see this weird spiky bush.. and at the center of it is this thing that sorta looks like a cross beween an admadillo and a rock. and you decide "hey, i'm gonna try to eat this."



What really must have been a bummer, was the guys who found out the hard way that most of the cousins of the tomato are poisonous.
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bananas must've been good too..

"hey.. this yellow thing is friggin DELICIOUS!"

"yeah and look! there's like a ****ing MILLION MORE OF THEM RIGHT THERE!!"


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Old 06-01-2006, 10:37 AM   #11
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dunno. it kind of makes sense though.. pineapples from hawaii are flown.. probably the most inefficient method of transporting food.

edit: and yes, they are amazingly goddamn good. imagine being the first intelligent caveman, walking along, and you see this weird spiky bush.. and at the center of it is this thing that sorta looks like a cross beween an admadillo and a rock. and you decide "hey, i'm gonna try to eat this."


Forget that, who's the retard that decided that an artichoke looked appetizing?!
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:38 AM   #12
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Forget that, who's the retard that decided that an artichoke looked appetizing?!

I think lobsters were eaten on a dare.
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:39 AM   #13
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I don't eat pinneapple. Gimme a cookie!
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What really must have been a bummer, was the guys who found out the hard way that most of the cousins of the tomato are poisonous.
Tomatos weren't eaten until fairly recently because of this. They were just assumed to be poisonous since they're in the nightshade family. I'd like to know how drunk the first person to eat one had to be to take that dare.

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i really would like to get out to the local farmer's market - however, i'm usually too hungover to go
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obviously if you live in california you basically don't need to even worry about this

Yep! I just open my window and ask an illegal migrant worker to hand me one.

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Old 06-01-2006, 11:14 AM   #17
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Alak -
You bring up a great point. Eating locally is much better for your local economy, as well as gas savings. Produce that has to travel great distances is often bred for it's durability, not it's taste or flavor.
Here's an intersting challenge that I think would be an awsome idea for a restaurnt, but quite a challenge.
www.eatlocal.net

There are a ton of local produce coops that do something similar.
AO<-- really enjoys cooking in season, local produce.
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:33 AM   #18
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Apples would also take a gallon of gas when flown two Hawaii.
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