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    #1

    add up quickly

    What does "add up" mean in the following context?

    The average American foodstuff now travels 1,500miles before being consumed. That's only the average. The typical US meal contains ingredients grown in other countries. Dinner in LA could easily include beef from Chile (5,585 miles), rice from Thailand (6.508)... As 70% of a foodstuff's final retail price comes from transportation, storage, and handling, these miles add up quickly.

    It seems I don't see the logic of the last sentence.

    Thank you.

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    Re: add up quickly

    "Add up quickly" means that the totals from the addition become large very easily. It doesn't take tens or hundreds of items in order to add up to a large sum. Just adding the items from a typical dinner becomes a large sum.

    In this context, the idea is that the cost of transportation becomes very large.

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    Re: add up quickly

    The subject of the last sentence "these miles" was confusing. If it had been replaced by "the cost of transportation", it would have been much easier.

    Many thanks.

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