The Food Miles Report - the dangers of long-distance food transport
Food Facts - 62pp - 2011
Re-print of the original 1994 publication, with an updated foreword. Food is being transported longer and longer distances – food miles – from producer to consumer. In the UK, comparatively little of the food we consume comes from local producers; and much will have been transported over great distances. Cheap non-renewable fossil fuel energy makes intensive agriculture and long-distance transportation economically viable, and has allowed food production and distribution to become global industries. Prices in shops do not reflect the full cradle-to-grave environmental and social costs.
But the concept of food miles isn’t just about distances. This report explores some of the wider social and ecological implications of international food trade, and suggests how to reduce excessive, unnecessary food miles.