In Joan Obra's article Nov. 1 on the benefits of using only local food products as part of the "100-mile diet," she writes: "(The average American) meal uses up to 17 times more petroleum products, and increases carbon dioxide emissions by the same amount, compared to an entirely local meal."
It might pay to consider the fact that if the present San Joaquin Valley prime farm land continues to be paved over with subdivisions and shopping malls, we will no longer have to be concerned about obesity -- we'll all be on starvation diets supplemented by nutritional pills.
Virginia Houtby, Reedley
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