Organic Benefit Is Offset: Food Miles Study

A new study examining the concept of food miles concluded that the environmental benefits found in growing organic produce was reversed by longer-distance transportation requirements.

EDMONTON, Alberta — A new study examining the concept of food miles concluded that the environmental benefits found in growing organic produce was reversed by longer-distance transportation requirements. The research, conducted by the University of Alberta, found that the annual environmental cost for a city the size of Edmonton for transporting organic produce ranged from $156,000 to $175,000 (Canadian), discharging up to 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide, whereas conventional produce came in at

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