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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule


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It's sticky even not particularly near a border. If you are going to eat something shipped -- because let's face it, I like wine and while Massachusetts produces some fine wines it is not a patch on places that are actually good for it -- the thing shipped from the same country by land (eg. California) has a much greater environmental impact than that same thing shipped from a foreign country but by sea (eg. Europe). So not only are French wines cheaper than Californian wines in Boston, but their transport has injected vastly less CO2 into the atmosphere. Which breaks my intuition all to heck and makes local no longer quite so congruent with even my very modest nationalism.

I continue to take comfort in the fact that New England has been doing local production since back when it was the only thing going, and will be doing local production long after the sea level has risen to drown the Back Bay Fens and this current excitement for the story of local has been supplanted by something else. Even though local agriculture in particular is also the reason we have so few forests more than 150 years old. Somewhere there must be a balance to be reached.

Because really, they can take away my farmers' market potatoes when they get past me and this here potato fork, and in exchange I'll happily eat beans all winter long.

Good point; I don't really get to think much about sea-trade :P . But I was thinking mostly of how several states that produce things we can't are waaay closer than our west coast, but it may still behoove us to bring things in from BC rather than go through the complexities of fruits & vegetables over the border.

Not that I don't love me some locally grown things when I can get them.

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