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.
See also the original 1994 Food Miles report, republished by Sustain in 2011 with a new foreword by Vicki Hird of Friends of the Earth and Jeanette Longfield of Sustain, who both contributed to the original report
Why run a Food Miles Campaign?
Some Food Miles facts
- Misery miles
Is our food still travelling further?
The effect of more Food Miles
- Transport pollution
- More packaging
- More processing
- Biodiversity loss
- Agro-chemical use
- Nutritional implications
- Implications for producers
- The implications for developing countries
Campaign update and the industry and government response
- Checking out the supermarkets
- Local alternatives
- Direct retailing
- Regional focus groups
- Growing your own
Recommendations for action
- Action by individuals
- Action by farmers and growers
- Action by food retailers and processors
- Action by local authorities
- Action by national governments
- Box schemes and farmers’ markets
- Seeds and advice on growing your own fruit and vegetables
- Transport campaigns
- Fair Trade and developing country initiatives
- Farm shops
- Major retailers
- Regional promotions
Food Miles - Still on the Road to Ruin?
1999 | 134Kb
Published 1 Jan 1999
Food Facts: A series of short reports on over a dozen different products, shows how people's shopping choices - as well as government policy - can protect the environment, enhance social justice and improve health.