26 February 2011

The Food Mile

In the grocery industry there is a term known as the 'food mile' which indicates how far food has to travel to end up in your local shops. It's simple: the shorter the food mile, the less expensive the product, both in financial and environmental terms. Buy items with the shortest food mile. You'll be saving money and the environment.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Cath
    My sons have two organic fruit and veg shops in Canberra, they produce a lot
    of the veggies themselves, pick in the morning and sell in the afternoon
    just 20k from the shops. They open at 2pm so that they can have fresh picked
    veggies in the shop. But they also buy direct from the farmers around
    Canberra and even excess from local gardens and put the "food miles" on each
    of them. Here in Canberra most of our fruit and veggies come from the Sydney
    markets and they are driven or flown there the miles really add up. Batlow
    an apple producing district and also |Bega for peaches and stone fruit are
    both quite close to Canberra the boys buy direct from the farmers with no
    waxing of the apples. Yes they don't shine as in the supermarket but they
    are this year's apples not having been in cold storage and taste so much
    like apples should taste.
    The fre4sher the fruit and veg the longer they last their salad mix last at
    least a week even longer I am told mine is always eaten by then.

    Thanks again for your great tips and news letters I love receiving them.

    All the best



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