Could you please help me with the following assignment?:
Pick a citrus fruit out of your kitchen or the grocery store and:
1. Describe the food item, where it was grown and use this calculator to determine how far it has traveled to reach your table. http://www.organiclinker.com/food-miles.cfm.
2. How does this vast movement of food from one nation to another benefit developing nations? Are there benefits to developed or wealthy nations?
3. There is an "eat local" initiative developing throughout the US and Europe. What are the benefits to buying fresh, local foods? Are there drawbacks?
4. Can you live without the food item you chose? Is there a local substitute available? Knowing what you do of how Global Food Trade effects the global market and the economies of individual countries, explain your position on buying this food item in the future.
1. List the food item.
The food item chosen was a yellow lemon.
2. Where did it come from?
It came from Argentina
3. How far has it traveled?
Assuming it came from the capital, Buenos Aires, traveling to the capital of the U.S, Washington, D.C., the lemon traveled approximately 5216 miles (8392 km)
4. How does this vast movement of food from one nation to another benefit developing nations? Are there benefits to developed or wealthy nations?
When food is transported over large distances, its price goes up because of the resources (such as gas) that go into delivering it to another country or area. Therefore, developing countries are making an economic gain from selling their items to another nation, where such food is not common or out of season. This benefits developed nations because they can supply a variety of different food year round, especially ...
This solution analyzes the source of a citrus fruit and uses this to discuss the international agricultural commodity trade.