Due to the carbon footprint of transporting food Elizabeth Edwards said she would never eat another tangerine due to it’s impact on the environment. Apparently we need to avoid transporting foods across long distances, so people on the east coast should quit eating citrus immediately. If there is a particular food that you are fond of you should consider relocating to save the world, and of course please walk there.
“We’ve been moving back to ‘buy local,'” Mrs. Edwards said, outlining a trade policy that “acknowledges the carbon footprint” of transporting fruit.
“I live in North Carolina. I’ll probably never eat a tangerine again,” she said, speaking of a time when the fruit is reaches the price that it “needs” to be.
Edwards had talked about “sacrifice,” at the meeting, but Elizabeth’s suggestion illustrated just how difficult it is to sell the specifics of sacrifice.
Asked about her comment immediately after the event, John Edwards avoided the question twice, then said he isn’t sure.
“Would I add to the price of food?” he asked. “I’d have to think about that.”
UPDATE: Just to be clear, he’s not talking about a food tax. The basic point is that any plan that imposes new costs on carbon emissions is going to make anything that’s transported long distances with fossil fuels cost more. It is, in a way, a moment of clarity in this debate.
According to Edwards, only people living within this area are allowed to eat cranberries: