September 7, 2010

The 4th Dimension?

As I consult the Internet to learn more about nutrition and making ends meet, I am constantly remind of all the many things I am NOT factoring into this experiment.

For example, the Sierra Club would like you to understand the “The True Cost of Food.” Check out this video ( which the Club takes a family shopping at “Buy-it-All-Mart” is whisked away to uncover the hideously inflated cost of items in their cart when one accounts for environmental impact. A pound of conventional steak = $815 based on factory farm practices reliant on of oil, water, wasted feed, destroyed grasslands and pollution. A single conventional tomato = $374 when you include pesticides, water pollution, and topsoil loss.

How can we afford it? Our taxes subsidize large corporate farms. Today, seven percent of American farms provide over 72 percent of our food. This means food must be transported from centralized farms to the processing plants and retail outlets. Even “fresh” produce travels an average of 2,000 miles from farm to fork, often spending a week in a refrigerated truck. The nutritional quality of produce begins to deteriorate the moment it is picked.

Yikes! The environmental impact of food production is not about to become the 4th dimension in this experiment because, frankly, I don’t think the average American Fox News watching family is going to be persuaded. However, it is a worthy consideration and one that might warrant your own exploration.

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