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Students for Climate Action: Locally Grown Produce

2009 June 9

About the Author: Michelle Gugger graduated from Rutgers University in 2008. She is currently spending a year of service at EPA’s Region 3 Office in Philadelphia, PA as an AmeriCorps VISTA

In the US, produce travels an average of 1,500 miles before it reaches the grocery store. If you were to travel that same distance in your car for a piece of produce, you would be emitting almost a ton of carbon dioxide emissions into the environment with every trip! Most of the produce that we buy at our local grocery stores comes from miles away, from all over the world. This means that some of our produce is being sent to our local grocery stores in ships, planes and trucks – all of which release significant amounts of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions along the way.

We can definitely reduce our environmental impact the next time we go produce shopping by purchasing locally grown produce. According to Sustainable Table, if Iowa provided 10 % more produce for its local consumers, an average of 280,000 – 346,000 gallons of fuel would be saved, and 6.7 – 7.9 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions would be reduced each year!

Eating locally grown produce is also one good way for you to become a climate ambassador in your community. You can educate your friends and family about our food system and the environmental importance of eating locally grown produce.

  • will help you find local farmers in your community.
  • BackyardGardener can help you learn more about staring your own garden to take advantage of the spring and upcoming summer season by growing your own tomatoes, herbs, carrots, peppers, etc.

Be sure to share some more ideas on how we can all eat locally!!!! And let us know how you plan on reducing your environmental impact through sustainable produce practices.

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. Johnny R. permalink
    June 10, 2009

    There is no way to be certain the food you buy is trace free of pesticides, unless you grow your own, and then the condition of the soil is a question. The fact is planet Earth has become so polluted from our growing population and expanding economy that no one can be sure of continued good health. How can we survive with mountains of landfill and oceans of garbage and sludge? Answer: Peacefully reduce the population and safely recycle 100%. Who dares to talk about it?

  2. Sarah permalink
    June 16, 2009

    This website may be of interest…it is very informative and interactive. Great for educating kids about the food they eat.

  3. Alisha permalink
    January 10, 2010


    Nice blog I found Great Resources on Herbals Here!


  4. Meal program permalink
    October 5, 2011

    Foods that are healthy to eat include tomatoes. Tomatoes are an excellent source of nutrients, antioxidants that help with the prevention of cancer. If you eat just 10 tablespoons of tomatoes a week, you are doing well. Breast cancer is the number one cancer tomatoes help fight off. They do not call tomatoes the “super food” for nothing.

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