In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet

WBZ Boston, the local CBS affiliate, uploaded this map yesterday visualizing drought conditions in New England, as well as this commentary:

[Edward Davidian] is the president of the Mass Farm Bureau and co-owner of Davidian Brothers Farm in Northboro. The effect of a lack of rain may be obvious but the impact on crops is even larger.

Davidian says, “well when there’s not enough water the plants suffer, you know, they’ll grow, they won’t grow well, the physical size of the product you pick off it will be smaller. There’ll be problems with it in some cases.”

In other words, crops of New England farmers are shrinking.

If Massachusetts (or New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, or Maine) were solely dependent upon these crops to feed themselves (aka a locovore diet), then they would be in serious trouble.  New England has approximately 15 million people living in it and falling crop sizes could cause serious disruptions in people’s diets.

Fortunately, New England is not in such a predicament.  Stores in New England can import food from areas outside the region with a surplus, such as Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, etc, to help meet demand.  Far from the popular slogan “No farms, no food,” the 10,000 mile diet helps ensure food security.

2 thoughts on “In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet

    • Excellent point, Jon. The same has been true of California during the recent drought. No empty shelves to be found.

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