Tuesday, February 20, 2007

This is the Industrialization of Food



    A Tale of Two Apples Annotated


    A Tale of Two Apples

    America’s favorite apple, the Red Delicious, was first harvested in Iowa in 1874. Back then, Iowa was one of the country’s top apple growers. But if you live in Des Moines today, your apples probably come from Washington state, the source of more than half of the country’s crop. But there are a few important differences between a typical Red Delicious from an Iowa farm and its globe-trotting cousin from the Northwest.




    IOWA RED DELICIOUS


    WASHINGTON RED DELICIOUS


    Average Distance From Farm To Shelf


    61 miles


    1,722 miles


    Additional Packaging


    Put into bags or boxes for shipping


    Coated with carnauba wax or shellac to preserve freshness; “Washington apple” sticker applied; put into bags or boxes for shipping


    Earliest On-Shelf Date


    Within 2 days of harvest


    Within 1 week of harvest


    Cold Storage


    May be refrigerated for up to 2 months


    May be kept in sealed, reduced-oxygen, controlled-atmosphere storage for up to 8 months


    Harvest


    September to October


    September to October


    Availability


    No later than mid-December


    Year-round


    Transportation Impact


    Shipping a pound of Washington apples to Iowa requires 30 times more fuel and releases 30 times more CO2 than shipping a pound of Iowa apples to a local market.



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