Say it’s February and you take a walk around the produce section of your local grocery store. You’ll likely see a lot of things that you see, say, in July: blueberries and strawberries, lettuce of all types, radishes, broccoli, sweet peppers to name just a few. The only thing that’s probably different between those times of the year are the containers that certain crops are available in—and the pricing.
Just because something is in the grocery store doesn’t mean it’s been grown recently or even grown anywhere near to where you live. People in Maine, for example, won’t have access to a fresh-grown blueberry from their home state until summertime, but they can still buy them. It just takes extra cash and a long transport time.
But before you reach for that carton of blueberries at any time of the year, it’s important to think about where it’s coming from and what impact your purchasing decision has. This graphic explains the issues.
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