The Short and Long of the Food Transport Story

By Jessica Gorman, 15:48 PM April 15, 2008

Food is really getting around. One week before Thanksgiving, a new study by the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C., finds that food in the United States now travels 25 percent farther to reach the dinner table than it did just 2 decades ago. In the United Kingdom, food travels 50 percent farther than it did.

Modern shipping and preservation now enable supermarkets to sell a wide range of fresh products at low cost any time of year. Consumers in Iowa, for instance, can enjoy tropical kiw...

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