Food Miles at the Portland PlanDecember 15, 2009
A tonight’s Portland Plan workshop I sat in on a table discussion that turned to food supply.
One participant bemoaned that he went to a local outlet of a national grocery chain and found hazelnuts grown in Turkey and packaged in Thailand – when we know that 70% of the world’s hazelnuts are grown in Oregon!
The reason is that national chains often make national sourcing arrangements – usually to the lowest cost supplier. The result is that your food may travel hundreds if not thousands of miles to get to you.
The counter-example cited by another participant at the table was Burgerville – a regional chain that makes a point of buying local ingredients.
Draw you own conclusions…