Local Sustainable Food…but it’s so EXPENSIVE!

March 15, 2009

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  1. I think it’s important to realize that when we buy un-sustainably produced food, we don’t actually pay the real cost of food. So, it’s not only that this food is more expensive, it’s also that the non-sustainably produced food is under priced, because there are negative consequences of its production which are paid by parties not directly involved in the economic transactions.

    If costs were internalized, and non-sustainable food producers had to pay the real costs of unsustainable production, I don’t think we’d have any of it.

  2. You make a lot a valid points here Emily, hopefully this will help sway some people to start making a few different choices when it comes to food. One thing which I think you have omitted that may not be obvious to everyone is that the carbon footprint of locally grown food is smaller based on transportation alone. This is just another great reason for everyone to buy Ontario produce whenever possible.

  3. the photograph in this post makes me miss summer.

    thanks for the carrot loaf recipe – i’ll definitely be trying that one. 🙂

  4. 100% with you Tristan – excellent point and I shouldn’t have missed that. Growing your own food is another point I didn’t mention here but readers take note: seeds + water + sun + love = lots of free food! =)

  5. Fantastic article Emily. Bang on! As you say, the price of food is not the problem — it’s often where we’re choosing to put the rest of our money. And this raises a related issue…the price of rent! As Debbie at FoodShare says, “We don’t need Food Banks. Food is affordable. We need rent banks!”

  6. Great article. Really spot-on.

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