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Food Miles - Still on the Road to Ruin?

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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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


Report contents

Introduction 

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 

Contact List

  • 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 

References 

 

Food Miles - Still on the Road to Ruin?
1999 | 134Kb

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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.

1999
134Kb

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