The Great Sources

Chris Bucholz. “5 Environmental Myths Too Many People Still Believe.” Cracked

This is my original Cracked article, where all my research started. It is a list of five environmental myths the public still believes that Cracked claims aren’t true. It was from here that I chose my controversial topic that local food isn’t much better for the environment than imported food.

Aaron L Brody. “Food Miles and Packaging: A Contrarian View.” Food Technology

In this article, the author talks about his opinion on food packaging and food miles. He talks about a study where consumers were offered a lot of different foods in safer and better packaging. Honestly, this source did not contribute much to my research.

David Coley, Mark Howard, Michael Winter. “Local food, food miles and carbon emissions: A comparison of farm shop and mass distribution approaches.” Agriculture and Human Values. FoodPolicy.

This article compares two food distribution systems based on the emissions of carbon for each system. The two different systems are a large scale vegetable box system and a system where the consumer travels to a local farm shop. They talk about a study based on fuel and energy use data that happened in the UK. This study they talk about is very helpful to the research for this topic.

Steven Schnell. “Food miles, local eating, and community supported agriculture: putting local food in its place” Agriculture and Human Values.

This article talks about the origin and the meaning of the term “food miles” and how it affects the environment and food economy. He examines interviews with a variety of farming families and agriculture members to show how complex the farming market is. He argues that the idea of “food miles” is way overrated, and that there is much more to the market. This article is very helpful and I will be using it a lot for my paper.

Sara DeWeerdt. “Is Local Food Better?” Worldwatch Institute.

DeWeerdt first talks about what makes food “local food.” Food miles are a good way to measure how far food has traveled but it doesn’t measure exactly the environmental impact. Dairy products have also been shown to cause way more of a negative environmental impact than other foods. This article isn’t very long but it does give information on a good study.

Jeff Howe. “Buying Local Versus Imported Food.” Dovetail Partners Inc.

A study done in New Zealand has shown that the environmental impacts of buying local food is sometimes greater than the impacts of buying imported food. The author concludes that food miles are not the best source of measuring environmental impact but it is a step forward in the research being done on this topic.

Lucie Serieix, Paul Kledal. “Organic food consumers’ trade-offs between local or imported, conventional or organic products: a qualitative study in Shanghai.” International Journal of Consumer.

This paper talks about a study done in Shanghai that compares the tradeoffs of organic food product customers. Most of the interviewees in China are not able to tell the difference between imported and local food. This article is somewhat helpful because it talks about my issue in a different part of the world.

Erica Barnett. “Local v. Imported–How Do We Decide?” Worldchanging.

At first, the article talks about the so-called benefits of buying local food. It then switches gears and talks about the carbon emissions for local food being at the same level or possibly a bit higher than imported food.


Whew… finally done.








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