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Copyright (c) 2012 Fordham Environmental Law Review
Fordham Environmental Law Review

ARTICLE: ENERGY (IN)EFFICIENCY OF THE LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Spring, 2012

Fordham Environmental Law Review

23 Fordham Envtl. Law Rev. 139

Author

Lauren Kaplin *

Excerpt

INTRODUCTION

"Eating local" is a growing trend in the American food system, 1 with environmentalists and foodies alike advocating for shorter food transportation distances from farm to table. 2 Not only have local food systems gained followers through farmer's markets, locally sourced restaurants, and community supported agriculture ("CSA") enterprises, but the "locavore" 3 trend has begun to gain momentum in Washington as well: various state administered programs supporting local food initiatives receive federal funding, 4 the United States Department of Agriculture (the "USDA") has itself, developed and implemented a number of local food programs, 5 and the Obamas have famously planted a vegetable garden in the White House lawn. 6 There are many arguments in favor of eating locally grown food, ranging from fighting childhood obesity, 7 to food security, 8 to stronger rural economies. 9 This Note will focus on one such claim: that eating locally grown foods can decrease the carbon footprint of food. 10

The term "food system" refers to the entire structure surrounding the food that we eat, including "the production, processing, distribution, sales, purchasing, preparation, consumption, and waste disposal pathways of food." 11 Intuitively, minimizing the distance that foods must travel seems like an appealing and obvious mechanism to decrease the fossil fuels used in the American food system. However, transport is a relatively small component of the overall energy use of the food system. 12 Moreover, farmers who produce food for local consumption frequently ...
 
 
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