Within the United States, "fresh" food is typically
hauled an average of 1,500 to 2,500 miles from farm to table,
25 percent farther than in 1980. Trucking strawberries across
the country costs $5,000 to $6,000 for a truck carrying 1,200
boxes of strawberries.
- Romaine lettuce typically travels 2,055 miles from farm to
- Celery often travels 1,788 miles
- Onions can travel 1,675 miles
- Tomatoes often travel 1,369 miles
- Grapes come the farthest with an average of 2,143 miles from
California to markets in Chicago.
It takes a week for U.S.-grown food to travel from a field on
one coast to a store on the other.
Source: Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State
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