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Food Miles

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Jeffrey Yam

on 17 June 2013

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Transcript of Food Miles

Why are Food Miles Bad?
Food miles are bad because food that travels far has a bad effect on the environment because the food has to be transported on vehicles which give off harmful gases such as carbon dioxide which harms the environment.
Food Miles
By: Jeffrey Yam and Jacob Lucas
Food Miles is the term that refers to the distance food travels from the production until it reaches its consumers and customers.
For example, Tacos made here in Mexico...
May be transferred here to Florida for packaging...
And eaten here in England. The tacos would have accumulated a lot of Food Miles.
For example: Food that has traveled from Washington to Beijing has traveled approximately 11,144km! This is still an estimation and does not take in account of the long haul trucks and actually getting it from the supermarket.
If that distance was covered by an airplane, it would probably generate
2493 kg of CO2 or 681 kg of Carbon
If that distance was covered by a car, it would probably generate
2009 kg of CO2 or 548 kg of Carbon
If that distance was covered by a train, it would probably generate
693 kg of CO2 or 189 kg of Carbon
What are the Effects?
The Effects of food miles can be measured in the pollution that was caused by it, that is the amount of Carbon and Carbon Dioxide produced.
What Can We Do?
We Can stop or at least reduce the pollution caused by food miles by buying from local farmers and producers which reduces the travel distance and time and the food you eat will always be fresh. It is much better for the environment to grow and buy organic food locally, a lot less carbon is generated if you just walk down the road and buy from your local farmer.

Composting and recycling packaging is another way of reducing the environmental effects of our food. This helps reduces the amount of waste that needs to be taken to the landfill sites which helps save precious space.
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