Food Miles estimate certain aspects of the environmental costs directly associated with a food’s transport from farmer to consumer. Food miles are one factor considered when measuring the impact of global warming.
How your food is grown, stored, transported, processed and cooked can all influence how it impacts climate change and the environment.
Buying food that is produced locally is good for several reasons. Buying directly from family farmers in your area helps them stay in business. And by buying local, it means that your food isn’t traveling long distances by planes, trains, trucks, and ships, which all consume energy and spew pollution that contributes to global warming and unhealthy air quality. Plus, you get the added benefit of what many chefs say is better tasting food on your table. Continue reading