Monday, October 13, 2008

Long Distance Salad

If you live on the East Coast and buy one of those pre-washed salads-in-a-bag at your local grocery store, did you know that your salad probably made a cross-country journey from California?!

The November/December 2008 issue of GOOD Magazine (p.62) highlights produce company Atlantic Organic and its sister packing company, Locally Known. Maine-based Atlantic Organic produces salad greens on the East Coast, thereby dramatically reducing the "carbon cost" of salad. In other words, significantly less fuel is used to transport the salad.

Most other pre-washed, ready-to-eat salads in your East Coast grocery store come all the way from California's Salinas Valley. That's an awful lot of mileage on my salad before it ever hits my dinner plate...

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