This Week in the Voice: Fresh from the farm

This Week in the Voice Apr 4This week’s feature takes a look at food issues facing vendors in the District—problems such as the availability and affordability of locally-grown products. The piece also delves into community initiatives that work in cooperation with small farmers:

Dialogue surrounding the ethics of animal treatment and the impact food production has on the environment has increased, while stores such as Whole Foods, which embraces a moderately green identity, are increasingly in vogue. According to a study conducted by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, conventional food distribution uses 4 to 17 times more fuel and emits 5 to 17 more CO2 emissions than the local systems. In addition, according to the New Economics Foundation, a think tank based in London, local purchases “are twice as efficient in terms of keeping the local economy alive.”

News reports on the conclusion of the legal battle regarding the ownership of the Jack’s Boathouse site that Vox had for you in brief yesterday.

In Leisure, Liana Mehring previews the steamy drama that unfolds during Spring Awakening.

The Sports section has a recap of Men’s lacrosse fourth-quarter loss to Villanova yesterday.

Voices has a piece arguing that proponents of Michigan’s Proposal 2 ignore the context of affirmative action in history and encourages the Supreme Court to take such facts into consideration as they decide the case.

Finally, the Ed Board applauds the efforts of the Georgetown adjunct community to unionize.

One Comment on “This Week in the Voice: Fresh from the farm

  1. for sure it is greener to haul 100 pounds of apples in a old pickup grown than it is to ship 10 tons in a container ship from chile… oh nevermind it isn’t. Regardless, transportation is a sliver of the overall carbon output from most food. Carbon emissions from land use, and the energy used in inputs and machinery is the majority (upwards of 90% for most crops). Local, non industrial food typically relies on more energy intensive inputs… small tractors vs. large tractors, location relative to water mains, the farmer driving around and ordering stuff/small quantity of food produced vs scheduled shipments from a semi/large quantities of food.

    industrialization is a process of using inputs more efficiently. Yes, you end up with surprising lage scale inefficiencies (especially when inputs are unpriced, i.e. water in ag) and externalities, but in the main, it drives towards conservation and efficiency.

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