It isn't always better for the environment to buy food locally. How it was farmed and how it was imported matter too. Most of the carbon footprint of groceries is from how they were grown and not how they were transported.

If it's in season where you live, then locally grown is best. If it's out of season, you need to consider a more nuanced point of view.

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* Growing almonds for almond milk damages ecosystems and uses a *lot* of water. 80% of the world's almonds come from California, where severe droughts can be a problem

* Soy farming drives deforestation in South America. Tofu can have twice the carbon footprint of chicken

* Fish populations are dynamic. Sustainable fishing leaves land open for reforestation

* Bioplastics are not necessarily better than recyclable plastics like PET

* Industrial cooking is more efficient than home cooking. Tinned tomatoes, chick peas, etc can be a good option

* Cling film is plastic, and plastic is not good. But if you use it carefully, you can prevent food waste, which is worse. Beeswax wrapping is ideal

* Leather can last over a decade, and is biodegradable. Fake leather is made from short lived plastic

* Cotton production is energy intensive. A cotton bag needs to be used 149 times to be more carbon efficient than plastic. Get a good one. Use it often

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@InvaderXan the tofu having larger carbon footprint than chicken surprises me, considering how chickens are fed with grains, and how efficient they are at converting that energy to build their bodies

do you have a source on that?

and then there are the ethical reasons besides that

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@uint8_t @InvaderXan Perhaps because soy is the number one genetically modified product in the world representing half of all worldwide biotech crop acreage with an 82% adoption rate among soy farmers?

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@rickscully @InvaderXan that soy is overwhelmingly livestock feed, not to produce tofu

on the second note, genetically modified plants aren't inherently bad. monoculture is bad, industrial farming is bad, but there isn't anything specifically wrong with all GMOs.

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