Essay about Food Miles

673 WordsApr 19, 20123 Pages
Food Miles A food mile is the distance food travels from the farm to the store where you buy it, and these miles are costly to the environment. They are among the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. The concept of food miles started in the early 1990’s in the United Kingdom .The more the food miles that are attached to a particular food, the less sustainable and the less environmentally the food is desired. Professor Tim Lang at the Sustainable Agriculture Food and Environment (SAFE) was the person behind conceiving the food miles, which appeared in a report ‘The food miles report’. The report consisted of the highlights of the hidden ecological, social and economic consequences of food production to consumers…show more content…
It has been stated that if people suggested buying food originating from within a 20km radius from our locality, the country would save over two billion pounds in congestion and environmental costs. Food grown locally is more environmentally friendly. The reason usually given for this is that imported food e.g. New Zealand lamb, require a lot of fossil fuels and produce a lot of carbon emission to get it to the market. Locally grown food, require less fossil fuel and therefore put out less carbon emissions and is better on a global scale. The media have surfaced a huge image regarding the New Zealand apples that are transported to the UK .The issue is how the produce is carried by air. Air transport is a very high producer of greenhouse gases and the concept of produce being flown from one side of the world to the other is repellent to many environmentally aware people. However, products like the New Zealand lamb going to the UK are not transported by air, but are freighted by ship, which uses less fossil fuel and has less emission per kg of produce. The amount of fossil fuel used to import produce pales beside the amount of fossil fuel consumed taking the produce from the point of entry into the country to the depot, to the supermarket and then to the consumer’s home. In conclusion food miles does not take into account the wider economic benefits that trade provides to

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