When the food is travelling, harmful gases like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and many more are being used thus creating pollution. Having to travel with the food makes the atmosphere change, as travelling drops many poisonous gases (which is dreadful for the environment). For example, flying produce by air uses nearly 40 times the amount of fuel as sea transport.
Choosing foods with fewer food miles helps reduce pollution and protects our planet. This is why we should be aiming for as few miles as possible!
Knowing how far your food has travelled is essential to reduce the environmental impact that transport has on the food we eat.
In this WebQuest you are going to find out more about:
The expression “food miles”, that is to say the total distance food travels before it arrives in your plate!
The impact that food miles has on the environment.
How you can contribute to reduce the number of miles your food travels before you eat it.