Accustomed to whatever food we crave whenever we want it regardless of the season, the cost of that to the planet has been disregarded or closeted until recently. A colossal carbon footprint is often required to put off-season food on our plates. It’s hard to face since we’re not prone to radical change on the supper table. Our stomach wants what it wants.
This New York Times article, Movable Feast Carries A Pollution Price Tag (4/26/08) with its accompanying video if you’re interested, is a good source of information about food carbon footprinting and provides useful perspective in making decisions about living green. Stepping lightly, living locally doesn’t have to be a crash diet, they usually fail, but a choice to do what you can reasonably accomplish a little bit at a time. If the crash diet approach is appealing, go for it. Some would argue that’s what is necessary.
The good news is that Sustainable West Seattle is hosting a festival next weekend, May 4th.