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How far is your food traveling?

By Katt Andryskova 25 January 2020 710 Views No comments

Long gone are the days when you would pick your vegetables from your garden and serve them to your family. Nowadays, it is much more normal to cook your meal with tomatoes from South Australia, cucumbers form Lebanon, olives from Greece, and spices from all over the world.

Every time you choose a fruit or vegetable which has travelled from across the world, you are contributing to the carbon emissions associated with its storage and transport. That is why it’s important to consider how fara your food is traveling to your table.

What are food miles?

Food miles are a way to measure the distance a particular food has travelled from the farm, to the consumer. It gives you the opportunity as a consumer to see where your food has come from, and the subsequent environmental impacts of fruits, vegetables, or processed foods.

The foodmiles app created, does not only calculate the carbon emissions of the transportation of the fruits and vegetables, but also considers how much of the produce had to be wasted prior to it reaching the supermarket.

How is your food traveling?

To reach your plate, food can travel in a manner of different ways. Food miles can be measured by how much pollution is caused. The distance travelled, along with the transportation method used. The carbon emissions of planes for example, are significantly higher than boats or roads.

What is the impact of food miles?

The danger of long distance food transport has been discussed since 1994 in a report by that name, it talked about the carbon emissions of moving food by planes, trucks, boats, or trains. Reducing food miles can be a great way to cut emissions, however there can be other unintended side effects.

Do food miles make a big difference in your carbon emissions?

The largest part of the carbon emissions of food comes from the production process. In comparison, transport makes up just 1/10th of the emissions from food. This is why eating a predominantly plant based diet can actually decrease your carbon emissions more than only buying local. Check out the study about food miles and the relative climate impacts of food choices.

How can you lessen the food miles in your foods?

The best thing you can do to lessen the food miles, is to eat local foods. Supporting local farmers is a fantastic way to decrease the carbon footprint of how far your food has to travel, while supporting local businesses. Farm to market partners with producers right here in South East Queensland to bring the freshest, healthiest, and highest quality produce straight to your door. Especially organic farming, which has a massive focus on sustainability and protecting the environment. Just check out how Australian farmers are working to preserve our environment, on top of producing fruits and vegetables for you!

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