#december random hit: food miles

14 Dec

hi everyone 🙂

time for random fun fact!

today i’m gonna share with you about food miles.

food miles refers to the fossil energy or fuel used to bring food, essentially from paddock to plate.

this term is relevant to sustainability eating, which is an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of food.

We often do not realize how far the foods we purchased from the supermarket have travelled. A preliminary study in Melbourne, Australia, found that a typical Melbournian’s weekly shopping basket include products that had travelled the equivalent of two round-the-world trips, or three times the length of Australian coastline. More interestingly, the carbon pollution produced would be equivalent to that produced by almost 3,000 cars for a year. Shocking? very much to me.

Unfortunately, there is nothing much we can do; apart from trying our best to buy local produce, within a hundred miles of our home. A healthy diet consisting mostly plant-based, unprocessed foods also goes hand-in-hand with sustainability. So, shop local 🙂

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until next time;)

References:

Gaballa S et al, 2008. Food miles in Australia: a preliminary study of Melbourne, Australia. CERES Community Environment Park, East Brunswick.

Watts, Corey. 2012. Food miles: from paddock to plate. Unilever perspectives nutrition news and views: Issue 33.

Images from:

http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/labelling-and-advertising/sustainability/food-miles.aspx

http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/foodinvestigators/listings/detail/i/1/article/2941/Food-Miles

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