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August 14, 2012 7:27 AM Subscribe
Considering the huge amount of oil/energy expended driving trucks full of food all over the country, would it make more sense to increase our train infrastructure (is that even possible?) to move more food? That's the question, but not why I've come to Metafilter.
posted by kestralwing to health & fitness (10 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the actual question: is it possible to find any half-way reliable statistics about this? There was a bitter dinner table argument about the question of trucks vs trains, and I suggested that since no one actually knew anything, we change the subject. Both parties suggested that if I was such a smartypants, I find some those "facts" I keep going on about. I tried, but my google-fu is minimal, and what I mostly got was Peak Oil sites full of more opinions.
So, please, any suggestions about how to find obscure statistics will be welcome.