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Slate magazine investigates that “1,500 mile” statistic–i.e. the average American foodstuff travels 1,500 miles from farm to fork.

With some news outlets questioning the validity of the statistic and others questioning how important food miles are in evaluating environmental impact (the old New Zealand lamb statistic), many can feel stumped to find the right words for why they still prefer to buy their lamb from a local meat CSA than shipped over from half way across the world. Of course–as this article points out–statistics can be misleading, and don’t always take into account social factors.

How do you explain your commitment to local food? We’d love to hear your answers.