Local food advocates talk about the energy wasted transporting food long distances. But there are a lot of other ways energy is spent getting food to our tables. And by some measurements, transporting food long distances, could actually be more efficient than local production.
Eric Garza is a lecturer at the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He studies the energy inputs and outputs of small farms in Vermont, helping them to become more efficient. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the energy used in our agricultural systems.