Ethical consumers should be aware poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain, due to western demand raising prices.
The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it. Imported junk food is cheaper.
“It took nature about 5 million years to create the fossil fuels that the world consumes in one year.”
“In America, food travels approximately 1,500 miles from farm to customer.”
“Growth of use will consume any energy or resource saved through conservation.”
“The issues of energy shortages, resource depletion, topsoil loss, and pollution are all symptoms of a single, larger problem— GROWTH.”
Local food is fresher food, with more nutrients intact. Also, shipping and trucking food over great distances requires a greater expenditure in fuel, thereby polluting the earth for us and our generations.