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How to Destroy the Planet

By Tom Randall and Eric Roston - 2013-05-22T16:13:09Z

Photograph by Frank Rothe

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Eat Out (of the Country)

What a world we live in, where a person in Kansas can easily find a snack of French cheeses, Kenyan coffee, Thai rice, chocolate from the Ivory Coast, Kiwis from New Zealand and wash it down with a promising South African wine. Perishables, including fruit, often require faster modes of transport, which are generally more fuel-intensive and, by extension, carbon-emitting. 

All these delectables add up in “food miles,” a term coined by Andrea Paxton, a British environmental activist in the 1990s.

Think of it as commuting (see slide 7), but for food.

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