Food miles and climate change

The Guardian reports of a study published yesterday by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Defra according to which “food miles”, that is, the distance food travels from where it is grown to where it is purchased by consumers, rose by 15% in the 10 years to 2002. This increase has resulted in a 12% increase on 1992 in the amount of CO2 emitted by food transport to serve the UK consumers. The fastest growth was registered in airfreight.

Sources:

Defra. 2005 The Validity of Food Miles as an Indicator of Sustainable Development

Felicity Lawrence Food study reveals hidden 9bn costs of transport The Guardian July 15, 2005

Pretty, J. N. ,Ball, A. S. , Lang, T. and Morison, J. I. L. 2005 Farm costs and food miles: An assessment of the full cost of the UK weekly food basket, Food Policy, Volume 30, Issue 1, February 2005, Pages 1-19

The Guardian July 15, 2005
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