Image of the Day: Goats in Oakland, Broccoli in Berkeley
We have all heard multiple times that eating local is better for the earth. The average fresh food item travels 1,500 miles to get to an American dinner table. By eating food grown locally, less of the climate change-inducing greenhouse gas emissions are released into the air in order to transport fresh food to our plates. Not only that but eating locally allows a consumer to have more knowledge of exactly what foods and chemicals they are eating. Some even say local food tastes better.
A feature in the Sierra Club's magazine chronicles a number of Americans that have taken this to heart. Though they live in cities, they are turning their small backyard spaces into miniature farms where they can raise goats, chickens, and fresh produce, minimizing the distance from farm to table from 1,500 miles to 0.
Credit: Lori Eanes