You guys. I’m DONE with school FOREVERRRRRR!!!!!! And don’t you dare come at me with that, “just wait, in a few years you’ll wish you were back in school” booshit. I don’t want to hear it. Just let me bask in the glory of finishing undergrad for at least a few months, mkayy?
Also, hi hello long time no talk! How have you guys been? Are you as excited for summer and warm weather and margaritas as I am?
Quick and dirty life update: Got first place in my Strongman show a few weeks ago in Open Middleweight, which means I qualified for NAS Nationals! I graduate in 5 DAYS HOLY COW WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?! Also I got mahself a job in the Buckeye City, a.k.a. Columbus, Ohio, so I’m moving there in August. More on that later though!
Now onto the good stuff. You know– the sustainability stuff.
So you’ve heard the mantra “Eat Local” several (hundreds of) times by now, right? Well there’s more to it than that. I touch on this in my 10 ways to Eat More Sustainably post, but essentially it turns out that eating seasonally is significantly more impactful than eating locally. Proportionally, food miles do not contribute to carbon emissions and climate change as much as we are led to believe.
So realistically, if you want to want to get all righteous about how sustainable you’re eating, you better be preaching seasonality before you start preaching locavorism. Growing produce when//where it isn’t meant to be grown necessitates a heck of a lot more resources (more water, more fertilizer, more pesticides, more light and heat in greenhouses, etc.) So for example, I’m from Atlanta, GA. I love blackberries. Blackberries have a relatively short growing season around Atlanta (June-July). If I were to buy locally grown blackberries in March or September, that’s no bueno– the benefits of eliminating transport emissions are outweighed by the higher production emissions. Check out this study done on tomatoes in Sweden: the tomatoes imported from Spain had WAY lower CO2 footprints than any of the tomatoes grown in Scandinavia.
This is also why regionality matters, and why I have previously suggested that you should research what grows well in your region and base a large part of your diet around that (that goes for livestock as well as produce). Because look at that difference in tomato production emissions!!!!! That’s wild. Different climates are conducive to different types of food production (duh, hopefully we all know that by now). So instead of blindly following the Eat Local movement, educate yourself on what is supposed to grow in your region AND at what time of year, and purchase accordingly.
Here are two awesome resources for figuring out what’s in season in your region:
These are only for the US but I’d imagine most countries have similar resources, and there’s this little thing called Google that’ll help you figure it out 😉
If you want to read more about food miles and emissions, check out this article by Lindsay at Shrink that Footprint.