Celsias Projects: Editor's Picks, Edition #1

Hopefully you've been noticing that our Projects section has been growing steadily, as more and more people are sharing their global-cooling and environment-healing enterprises with the world. Today I thought I would begin a series that spotlights, in purely subjective fashion, those that strike me as particularly noteworthy. Today is the first installment. Watch out for more in coming days/weeks.

As you will know, buying locally grown produce is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to reduce your carbon footprint that there is. It is said that the average meal in the U.S. is transported 1,500 miles from farm to plate. This is just plain stoopid. It costs you and the planet in many ways: from the energy consumed in transport and refrigeration, to increased packaging, to reduced freshness (less nutrition, inferior taste), etc., and sending your money to large scale producers hundreds or thousands of miles from where you live means you're supporting the massively centralised global food system that wastes tremendous amounts of foodstuffs that either perish in handling and transport or get rejected for not fitting their transport system due to non-uniformity of size and shape.  Far better is to support the growers in your community (remember, as oil supplies dry up, you will become increasingly dependent on your local community...).

Ideally you'd be growing some of your own food, but, where you can't, buying from growers right in your locality is the next best option. But, when you do want to buy local, sometimes it's hard to know where to go! So, rather than spend your precious Sundays criss-crossing your locality looking for alternative options, Local Farm Link may well be your ticket to fresher, healthier, low-carbon produce. The site allows you to search U.S. based small farmers by city and state.

The only problem I see with the site is that it's so new that few farms are yet listed. As the site creators say, "Presently we suffer from the chicken and the egg situation (which came first). Shoppers will not visit if there are no farms, farms are reluctant to spend the time if there are no shoppers." This is where the community aspect of Celsias can kick into gear! You can help out -- those of you who are already supporting small scale U.S. based farmers can go one step further by encouraging them to put their farm 'on the map', literally. Send your local producers a link to this page, and encourage them to sign up with LocalFarmLink!

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