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Transparency: How Far Your Produce Travels

Buying fruits and vegetables from local farmers' markets not only supports local agriculture, but also saves countless pounds of carbon...

Transparency: How Far Your Produce Travels


Buying fruits and vegetables from local farmers' markets not only supports local agriculture, but also saves countless pounds of carbon emissions, since your food has not been shipped from afar to your supermarket. It's not always easy to buy local, but from an emissions perspective, it might be worth it. This is a look at the average distance that produce travels in the United States—from where it's grown, to where it's sold (imported foods are not considered in this graphic). The numbers were compiled for Iowa, but should be generally applicable wherever you live.

A collaboration between GOOD and Naz ?ahin & ?erifcan Özcan.



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