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Finally, although the article mentions the Leopold Center report that introduced the concept of "food miles" to the debate on America's food system, it stops short of what we consider to be the logical next step: consumers taking the lead by demanding food-mile labeling or even better, carbon footprint labeling on groceries and other products.
The schtick at the slightly toe-curlingly named Roganic is a set-price fixed menu of small dishes - sorry, correct that to small amounts of food on large dishes - exhibiting and extolling the virtues of low food-mile ingredients, wild herbs, roots, sea vegetables, edible flowers and the potential of the Pacojet machine, Rogan's favourite piece of kitchen equipment.
Part of this vision is massively decreasing the distance between where food is produced and consumed (the food-mile concept).
Slide 3: Food Security & Permaculture Food Security covers the following areas: Safety: pesticide-free, Non-Genetic Modified etc Local Availability: food-mile concept etc Sustainability: soil fertility and ecology etc Processing &
Rich Pirog, an economist at Iowa State University who worked on the food-mile measurements, said the concept was never meant to be a "proxy for environmental impact."
'I calculated that the food-mile cost was 20 miles per ton' - a relatively minuscule carbon footprint.