Monday, March 23, 2009

What food is in season and where

NRDC: Eat Local: "When we shop at the grocery store today, we don't bat an eye at the sight of strawberries in the winter or perfect tomatoes from Holland. In the space of a generation, we've become accustomed to eating food that's never grown roots in local soil. In fact, most produce grown in the United States travels an average of 1,500 miles before it gets sold." For Farmer's market information try LocalHarvest.

While I am sure that the Raw Food movement will vanish, if we do have dark ages 2.0 we'll all be eating local, but it would be very helpful to know what could be grown in your area. I would love to find something like this for the whole world. 

Food has been traveling a lot since the invention of the refrigerated steam ship, railroad car and truck. 

It boils down to having cheap energy and cheap iron, as most ships, locomotives, railcars and trucks are primarily made from steel. Yes, there is plenty of other stuff in them like plastic but for sheer weight most of it is in steel. 

The refrigerated steamships were coal powered, somewhat dirty but very effective, they could be cleaned up with a bit of work. 

Personally, I think oil is too useful to waste it by burning it, it is much better to use it in chemical processes for plastics and the like. 

When it comes right down to it, the big thing about an advanced civilization is minimizing the number of people growing food and maximizing thinking time for everyone. We waste far too much time on what amounts to busyness.

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