Bruno Gussiani of Lunch Over IP posted a very interesting article on how the seasonality of the fruits & vegetables has been neutralized by air transport.
Reading this post, my early days with HP/Agilent came back to my mind. I was traveling all around Europe, Middle East, and Africa, I was three or four times a year in the US. No matter the place/country I was visiting, no matter the season, I could have the very same breakfast all over the Planet : tomatoes, berries, grapes, melons, whatever fruit and vegetable was available. I didn't realized that strange fact - how come you can eat strawberries in London in January - until a certain day in October 2000 (I was then almost 2 years with the company). I was coming back home for the week-end, and I saw the trees around : losing their leaves. It was autumn, and I never figured it out before. I didn't saw the whole year at all, except 3 weeks during summertime because of the Tour de France. I was working like crazy, I was traveling like hell (hey, 150+ boarding passes collected in Year 2K, that's flying at least twice a week ;-), and... I was eating the same things at breakfast all over the year. Something was wrong, right ?
My take is that going Carbon Neutral will force us to change our habits dramatically. Work at an office close to your home, travel less and compensate each flight, and eat only season' s fruits & vegetables. Looks like we're back to 1950 !!!
ps : another very interesting post on the same subject here, where Bruno describes how the concepts of "carbon footprint" and "carbon neutrality" and "carbon offsetting" have become mainstream in Britain.