In the U.S., Walking Uses More Fossil Fuels Than Driving


It turns out that a Honda Civic expends less than half of the energy a person does to move one pound of itself one mile.

Worse: our food system is so dependent on fossil fuels that it’s entirely possible that it takes more oil to make the food that allows a person to walk a mile than would be expended in simply driving that mile.

This isn’t a result I expected when I started playing with the numbers, so it’s an object lesson in why it’s important to do the math.

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