food (miles) for thought

sometimes in our statistic-infused daily lives, we latch onto certain numbers that “mean” something to us. 50% more likely to get 1/3 less of that stuff…(you get the point). some statistics gain popularity, others notoriety, and some just don’t really get questioned. we are an information-loving creature, after all.

as a self-professed foodie (who hates the word foodie), and someone who’s definitely interested in the process of food getting from the farm to the table, i found this article interesting.

the moral i get from this story is, seek truth over information.


  1. Sanjana
    September 24, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    i actually got in a discussion about food miles the other day with a co-worker. he was saying that studies have shown that it is LESS environmentally harmful to buy food from big supermarkets than little farmers markets — counterintuitive but may be possible?

    this also reminds me of the green noise article that ran in the NY Times a couple months ago (link).

    how do you sort through all this “information” to live in an eco-conscious way??

    btw, my officemate and i think food GEEK is more appropriate than foodie (bc foodie has all these elitist connotations) — see defn #3 😉

  2. Mohamad A. Chakaki
    October 3, 2008 at 5:06 am

    i’ve been reading a book that argues that symptomatic solutions gradually erode our ability to solve the fundamental problem.

    i.e. tinkering at the margins may make it more difficult to reset the center.

    is this the “burnout” that the end of the green noise article points to?

    if so – if this burnout is itself a symptom of symptomatic “green” solutions – then where’s the center?