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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 6:51 pm

Once upon a time all fresh food was locally sourced. 

Back when many people farmed, gardened or bought food from a neighborhood vendor, everyone ate seasonally, putting away the harvest for winter. Now, through national and international food distribution, “fresh” unripened pears, blueberries from the Southern Hemisphere and tomatoes from Holland are available all year long. But the price we pay for worldwide food distribution is not just flavorless produce — it’s also a complex system of sourcing dependent on fossil fuels. 

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