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When McKibben points out inefficiencies, he mentions many of the alarming figures requiring transportation costs and other factors. But the sheer time wasted, and the logistical ineptitude that is apparent in this incident, are also reasons to abandon industrial agriculture in favor of eating locally.
As McKibben also notes, it will likely be impossible to convince everyone to start eating locally, and indeed a drastic sudden change would doubltess cause major problems for many communities and individuals. But there can be better regulation and coordination of the agriculture industry, which would lead to less waste and better tasting food. If distribution could be centrally coordinated between the various companies and factory farmers, local produce could become a more common item in the large chain grocery stores. Growers wouldn't need to sacrifice taste and texture for ease of shipping which means a better product could be delivered at less cost (due to transportation reductions). If the industry were willing to submit to such regulation it could prove very effective.[continue]
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