Today I had a chance to tour our new school building. Last time I did that, only the framing was up. With two months to go to completion, the progress and transformation has been quite incredible. It is an incredibly green building and I am excited about the opportunities to increase the integration of sustainability into the curriculum and the ethos of the school.
Being green can be complicated and difficult, and in my recent reading, I came across the complexity in knowing if buying something local was really the most efficient in terms of carbon footprint or cost. Here are a couple of columns that point this out: Food that Travels Well (nytimes); How the Myth of Food Miles Hurt the Planet (Guardian)
Unfortunately, carbon footprint or cost are just a couple of values. What about the value of supporting local growers who are passionate about what they grow? The value of community? The value of resourcefulness in learning how to grow your own vegetable garden? The value of stewardship?
I think we have to continually keep learning about where food (or anything) comes from and evaluate on multiple value systems. Not easy, but definitely worth the effort.
Having recently watched the film, Food Inc., I was actually shocked at all the hidden costs to produce food ‘efficiently.’ I highly recommend this movie. Unlike the Michael Moore films that may be dismissed as “lefty claptrap”, Food Inc. (imho) is great eye opening journalism. You can view the trailer below.