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Food Miles: Let me confuse you

June 30, 2011

Image (c) 2011 Tom Kelly

If you think food miles are simple, you’re wrong. Imagine a simple supermarket loaf of bread, it’s made up on ingredients from multiple places, then produced somewhere, sent somewhere else for distribution and then distributed to your local supermarket. That’s just a loaf of bread, imagine a bread and butter pudding ready meal style. That adds another layer of complexity to an already complicated journey.

How about an apple, you go to the orchard and pick it yourself – zero food miles, right? Well, what about what goes in to the apple, the environmental cost of  it’s production, do you consider that and if not why not?

To guarantee your minimum carbon bite you’ll need to buy direct from a local farmer who you can be sure is delivering his best for the environment. Schemes such as the LEAF Marque or Conservation Grade can help you in that decision. But what if they are further away from you than a less nature friendly farmer? That’s something you have to weigh up, but essentially it’s down to you.

Of course you can always look out assured produce in the supermarket, but how far has it travelled? If you can’t have the best of both worlds, is the best of one the next best thing?

My day in food:

08:00 Toast x2
13:00 Thai curry veg pot
18:45 Steak, sweetcorn, wedges and onion rings
19:00 Cookie
Eyes peeled for tomorrows chilli update… my home grown chillis are growing, and it looks like I’m in for a spicy few months!

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  1. July 28, 2011 1:42 am

    I enjoy the comments on this blog, it definitely gives it that community feel!

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