Towards the end of the book, page 339 to be exact, has a quick side note about critics of eating local food. Many people think that eating local and organic is expensive, and at a first glance, they are right. The thing to keep in mind about eating "conventional" foods is that although they may seem like they cost less, they are actually costing more in the long run. Let's take a conventional apple for example. That tree is sprayed with pesticides (cost: health and money), grown on hundreds of acres (cost: money, depleted nutrients in soil from lack of crop rotation), picked and planted by machinery (cost: tax dollars, gasoline), and then delivered to stores year round (cost: trucks, drivers, taxes, health, market). Now for comparison, the organic apple. This apple tree is surrounded by a few more trees for natural pollination, no pesticides are used, usually picked by hand (by the farmer), and are brought to market only while in season (can't grow apples in the winter...).
Which would you chose to eat? Which would ultimately cost less? You decide and let me know what you think.
I would appreciate some comments on this topic because it is very close to my heart and I would love to hear some different opinions on this case; so please feel free to let me know what you think/how you feel about this issue.