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Home  >  Local Food Systems  >   Food Miles: Background and Marketing (Summary)

Food Miles: Background and Marketing


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By Holly Hill

Published 2008

Updated 2008

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Introduction

The term 'food miles' refers to the distance food travels from the location where it is grown to the location where it is consumed, or in other words, the distance food travels from farm to plate. Recent studies have shown that this distance has been steadily increasing over the last fifty years. Studies estimate that processed food in the United States travels over 1,300 miles, and fresh produce travels over 1,500 miles, before being consumed. This publication addresses how food miles are calculated, investigates how food miles affect producers and consumers, and evaluates methods for curbing the energy intensiveness of our food transportation system.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Background
The Energy Embedded In Our Food
Calculating Food Miles
Food Miles and Energy.
What Producers Should Know
Consumer Considerations
Food Miles Tools
Conclusion
References

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