Food miles

Sustain (and one of its predecessor organisations, the SAFE Alliance) has undertaken much groundbreaking work on food and climate change, some of it on the theme of 'food miles', including the following reports.

The Food Miles Report

Eating Oil - Food supply in a changing climate (2002) takes a comprehensive look at how far our food travels and our dependency on imports and on fossil fuels to produce, process, package and distribute food. It shows how our food is travelling ever further both within the UK and through international trade. The fact-packed, 90-page report reveals how such trends could be reversed through industry, government and public action. In 2002 it received the prestigious Guild of Food Writers Award for Investigative Journalism, presented by food journalist and Radio 4 Food Programme presenter Derek Cooper.

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Food Miles: Still on the road to ruin? (1999) Five years on from the initial report into the impact of food miles, this update assesses how the debate has moved on. It includes: updated statistics and analysis of the effects of pollution, packaging, processing; biodiversity and nutrition; a review of local alternatives and recommendations for action.

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The Food Miles report: The dangers of long distance food transport (1994). This groundbreaking report has now been republished with a new foreword.

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Climate change

Sustain has taken a keen interest in the rapidly accumulating evidence about the effect of food and farming on climate change, as scientific evidence emerges that our food system is a very significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Our food and climate change pages record our activities on this critical issue.

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