It takes a lot of energy to transport fruit from far away to our grocery stores. The fruits that are grown close to home don’t need as much energy to get into our shopping bags. To conserve energy (oil, gas, electricity, etc.) and reduce our carbon dioxide output, it’s more sustainable to buy produce from local farmers and markets.
For example, a kiwi from New Zealand takes a truck to get to the coast. It then goes by boat or plane from New Zealand to Canada, takes a train to the grocery store distributor and takes another truck to your grocery store.
How far away are the fruits we eat?
- Close: apples, pears, cranberries, cherries and blueberries (from B.C.)
- Medium: oranges, lemons and grapefruit (from Brazil or California), bananas (from Central America)
- Far: pineapples (from Southeast Asia), mangos (from India and China), kiwis (from New Zealand.)