Completely localizing the Santa Barbara County agrifood system for produce in term of only food miles would have an insignificant effect on greenhouse gas emissions (see article and more here). This assumes local food miles would be driven by individual farmers in small trucks. However, local food hubs like Farmer Direct Produce can reduce not only food miles, but also energy for packaging and cooling. Shown are Wesley Sleight and Anna Breaux, owners/managers of Farmer Direct.
My research focuses on small-scale, sustainable agriculture and its role in responding to climate change, resource scarcities, new technologies, and demands for social justice. My current foci include the potential impacts of agrifood system localization on climate change, nutrition and community, and the genetic, ecological and sociocultural impact of genetically engineered crop varieties.
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