Nancy Chandler | The Recycle Bin | The Times Record
“When my family buys vegetables, either at Hannaford, the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s farmers market or Six Rivers Farm stand, we think about where, how and when the produce was grown. Were the grapes flown in from Peru or grown in New England where a truck used less fuel to get them to a distribution center and then to my market? The longer the distance from the farm, the greater the fossil fuel needed to transport it to me.
Eating seasonally and locally or regionally reduces the transportation costs of your food. I realize the nutritional benefit of eating fruits and vegetables that are as fresh as possible so they retain more vitamins than vegetables imported from the warmer hemisphere. Fall storage root crops, including beets, carrots and parsnips, cabbage, winter squash and onions, have been delicious. I look forward to green salads, bok choy and spring salad vegetables, which come in the fields in mid-June and in the solar-heated high tunnels of our area farms all winter now. Produce grown nearby in organic soils has more vitamins and sugars than conventional vegetables grown farther away or on poor soils with added fertilizer made from fossil fuels.
Recently, when I felt the need for a new sweater, I checked Topsham’s Goodwill and found a lightly used, neutral color wool and cashmere sweater in my size for $5 instead of the $120 I would have spent on a new sweater of that quality. Energy as well as money were saved by not shearing two animals, carding, spinning and knitting the material, packaging and delivering it to a store. Since I walked to Goodwill while waiting for my prescription to be filled at nearby Target, no extra fossil fuel was used to make the purchase.” …..