9 Iconic Foods From 5,000 Miles Away or More

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By all means, buy locally-grown food whenever possible (within 200-300 miles at most), but don't necessarily be put off by items in your pantry just because some of them came from literally halfway around the world.

As we recently saw with wine, the transportation method can make all the difference in calculating the carbon footprint of your food. For example, sending wine by ship all the way from France or Chile to New York City releases a small fraction of the greenhouse gas emissions as does sending that wine by truck from California to the Big Apple.

I live in New York City, so all these distances are calculated based on that. Also, they are straight distances, not taking into account all the steps in the distribution process. Now, let's take a look at just how far away some common food items originate...