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Dairy Company Drives Eco-Change With Solar-Powered Trucks

By Tessa Love

The way we grow our food has a huge impact on the environment, from soil-damaging monocrops to fossil fuel-based fertilizers to water waste, and ultimately food waste. But it's also the way we ship food across the country and world that does damage to the environment. 

The distance your food travels from where it is made to where it is eaten–otherwise known as "food miles"–has been steadily increasing over the last fifty years, according to the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. Now processed food travels an average of 1,300 miles before hitting your plate, expelling huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. And if the products being transported need to be refrigerated, the damage is even more vast: sometimes the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere from refrigeration alone exceed those produced by transportation.