The insanity – and carbon emissions – of our import/export system

by Local Futures

Consider that…

• Mexican calves — fed American corn — are exported to the United States, where they are butchered for meat, which is then sold in Mexico.

• In 2007, Britain and Australia exchanged 20 tons of bottled water just with each other.

• More than half of the seafood caught in Alaska is processed in China; much of it is sent right back to American supermarkets.

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