It’s possible, even common, for commercial produce to be picked 14 months prior to arriving in stores for consumers. My husband tells me this is even true for some organic produce. It’s possible to grow produce for shipping over long distances, but is it good? I just had some strawberries grown in a greenhouse 20 miles from my home. They were delicious! I agree with JC:
On the morning news, I heard the staggering statistics that California, which is in extreme drought, uses 80% of its water for agriculture, growing a third of the US supply of fruits and vegetables. It has already taken some farmland out of production or substituted crops that use less water. Meanwhile, it is in its fourth year of drought with snowpack under 5% of normal. As in over 95% of normally expected runoff water will not be there this year.
This should be setting off all kinds of alarm bells across the country. We need to shift our food production to more local areas and sustainable practices. Now, not in some distant future. We need to change our expectation of what foods we eat in which season of the year. When I was growing up, we ate fresh sweet corn in mid- to late-summer, when nearby farms were harvesting. We…
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