Fruit cultivation is the most energy-efficient food production activity onthe planet. For example, one acre of bananas will produce morecalories than one acre of almost any other crop.Extra energy will then be necessary to bring the fruit from distantcorners of the world, either by boat or by plane.And many ecologists argue that this is something we should minimize.
Yet, consider everything that fruit brings you in return:
Minimal use of land for production of the food, compared to thecalories created in return
Fruit trees that have long roots that go deep in the ground helpminimize soil erosion
The calories in fruit are associated with a maximum amount of vitamins and minerals, as well as anti-oxidants and other factorswe need for optimal health
By achieving your optimal health potential by eating fruit, youincrease your energy, increase your productivity as a humanbeing, and avoid most illnesses in the long run — which areextremely costly to individuals and societies.I believe strongly that whatever “footprint” (which is a politically-correct term I dislike) the transportation of fruit leaves, it is
compensated by the benefits I have mentioned, and many more wecould discuss.Ecologists should be more worried about human health instead of always trying to judge everything by whether or not it contributes toglobal warming (a very debatable topic as well).They should consider the millions of acres of land on the planet thatare devoted to the production of non-food or worse, of
thatdestroy human health, such as the millions of acres devoted to coffeeproduction, or the millions of acres devoted to wine or other alcoholproduction — both products that every radical ecologist I have metconsume.Imagine if all of this land could be used for growing fruit? It wouldinstantly provide the world with infinitely more food than we couldpossibly need.