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This has been debunked there at least about New-Zealand meat.

http://www.eurotrib.com/story/2006/12/18/105222/30#8

Europe agriculture is so oil-intensive (fertilizer and industrial diary) that's it's better CO2 wise to transport meat from australia to UK than to produce locally.

I don't know about vegetables though, but I assume indoor growning eats some oil too.

by Laurent GUERBY on Sat Feb 10th, 2007 at 05:49:53 AM EST
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I think that is locally-produced self-serving analysis, about how much more oil-intensive sheep-raising is in Europe, for example, than in the Antipodes. C'mon, Laurent, you should know...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 10th, 2007 at 09:50:54 AM EST
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For the record, I'd like to know about another study on this topic, but could find none.

Proponent of local production show zero reasonable argument so far. Purely emotional campaign.

by Laurent GUERBY on Sat Feb 10th, 2007 at 11:25:41 AM EST
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What campaign are you talking about?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 10th, 2007 at 02:06:41 PM EST
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L'Avion Rouge campaign (see link in first post of the thread by Jerome).
by Laurent GUERBY on Sat Feb 10th, 2007 at 04:59:34 PM EST
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I'm not directly for or against on this issue (not enough data to decide), but if you are interested, the following might shed more light on the issue:

Livestock's Long Shadow, LEAD
http://www.virtualcentre.org/en/library/key_pub/longshad/A0701E00.pdf

One Planet Agriculture, Soil Association
http://transitionculture.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/thecaseforaction.pdf

Food Miles, DEFA
http://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/reports/foodmiles/default.asp

by SamuM on Sun Feb 11th, 2007 at 06:07:01 AM EST
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