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Post  camprn on 6/25/2014, 12:56 pm


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Post  Marc Iverson on 6/25/2014, 2:14 pm

Virtually anything printed in The Atlantic is going to be worth reading. My favorite magazine, and I subscribed for many years.
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Post  sanderson on 6/25/2014, 2:59 pm

Thanks, Camp. A magazine article worth the time to read, everyone.
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Post  plantoid on 6/26/2014, 12:09 am

I was reading an article recently that was at odds with buying local it seems that in many cases the chemical & carbon footprint is greater locally because of small individual productions & many vehicle journies to many different marketplaces .than something grown in bulk crops in a country/area that has the cheapest climate to grow it in  and air freighted to your country then sold in supermarkets .

They gave instances of flowers , lettuces , beans ,potatoes & for some , even tomatoes. It certainly made me rethink & question a few things that the Big Green Eco Machine Industry  (BGEMI) keeps shoving in your face .

I suspect that over time because of the internet we will be hearing much more from scientifically qualified people who are logically debunking a lot of the Eco industries myths.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 6/26/2014, 8:54 pm

@plantoid wrote:I was reading an article recently that was at odds with buying local it seems that in many cases the chemical & carbon footprint is greater locally because of small individual productions & many vehicle journies to many different marketplaces .than something grown in bulk crops in a country/area that has the cheapest climate to grow it in  and air freighted to your country then sold in supermarkets .

They gave instances of flowers , lettuces , beans ,potatoes & for some , even tomatoes. It certainly made me rethink & question a few things that the Big Green Eco Machine Industry  (BGEMI) keeps shoving in your face .

I suspect that over time because of the internet we will be hearing much more from scientifically qualified people who are logically debunking a lot of the Eco industries myths.

Even if nothing positive besides a change in consciousness occurs, that too strikes me as valuable. As is people trying to take their own lives a little more into their own hands in general. Even believing a change in consciousness is possible primes people to perhaps eventually find one that matters and/or works.

That said, I'd like to read the article you're talking about. Is there a link to it?

On a side note, one thing I've read about buying local is that people in America and many other industrialized countries simply don't eat that way anymore and it would be hard for them to find it at all rewarding. What happens if you want an orange and they don't grow there? An apple and it's out of season? You want shrimp but don't want to go to Indonesia to get it? Nobody makes good cheese locally in any quantity? Eating locally means eating seasonally, too, and most people want what they want, when they want it, not just what's available. Changing that can be jarring to say the least, as it's how most of us in America these days grew up.
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