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3 Reasons To Embrace Frozen Foods

One cannot ignore the energy required in maintaining the integrity of the “cold chain” through the transportation and storage of frozen food from the plant to the home. No reliable data is publicly available to evaluate that carbon footprint (infinite variables make for a very complex pictures, I was made to understand). One thing is for sure, however: the frozen food industry is working at reducing it. In England, the British Frozen Food Federation has deployed a plan, with the support of the Carbon Trust, to reduce the carbon footprint of the “cold chain” by 15 percent across the industry. In the U.S., initiatives are popping up to “green” operations: Oregon-based Stahlbush Island Farms powers its processing plant with a biogas power plant; in Connecticut, the family-business Carla’s Pasta is installing a 300-kW fuel cell power plant at its frozen food processing facility (it will provide 60 percent of its energy needs by mid-2011).

Ultimately, when it comes to making food choices that are not only good for our health but also for the health of the planet, the principles remain the same whether we’re talking fresh or frozen: choose local and organic. One obvious way to stick to these principles is to plan ahead and fill your freezer with fresh, raw food you have bought and conditioned yourself (although it requires some skills and equipment, it is most likely the least labor-intensive of all home food-preservation processes mentioned earlier).

Barring that, hope is on the horizon thanks to one frozen-food company that is applying these same principles to a T. Based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Locavorious offers its members a winter-time CSA program based on food procured from its network of nine local, family farms (not all of them are certified organic).

Imagine if farmers’ markets were thus given a second life wherever the climate temporarily stops food production! Farms’ productivity and revenue would increase (since spoilage and wastage would be a thing of the past) and consumers would benefit from the year-long abundance. Please share with us if you know of other examples of what Locavorious is doing, on whatever continent…

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.

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3:40PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Thanks.

6:35AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Wonderful reminder to use it and bag/freeze it!

7:34PM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Brrr.

10:42PM PST on Feb 25, 2011

Frozen blue berries are yummy in a vegan smoothie !

4:18PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

i depends on frozen things a lot..being single kind of forces you to 'stock' up since not that many things couple in single user portions you always have some left over.

8:14PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

I love frozen berries! They taste great!

2:00PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

thanks for the info

1:58PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

Thanks for the info

12:15PM PST on Jan 31, 2011

Thanks for sharing! I love to eat frozen berries right out of the bag especially in the summer:-)

5:03AM PST on Jan 31, 2011

Good one...

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