Story: Economy and the environment

Food miles

In the mid-2000s the issue of food miles – the distance that food travels from its source to its market – was raised as an environmental issue. Research showed that the concept was not without its flaws, as food could be locally grown yet require more energy to produce than food from a distant place. This news item refers to a UK scheme called the Carbon Trust, which takes into account all the carbon produced in getting the product to the supermarket shelf.

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Eric Pawson, 'Economy and the environment - Corporate environmental responsibility', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 April 2023)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010