Local is important, but how it's packaged, grown, processed and transported matters too. A NYT piece today attempts to sort out the ethical maze of the carbon footprint debate - weighing local grain-fed meat, container-shipped produce and that farmer with a 25-year old pickup. And the article's author Andrew Martin says it's also about how you travel to market:
Some people walk or take the subway to buy their groceries and then compost what they don’t use. But, let’s face it, most of us drive and toss the leftovers into the garbage disposal or the garbage can. In doing so, we may be contributing nearly a quarter of the greenhouse gases associated with our food, via NYT.