Reduce Your Food Miles

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Did you know?

We grow lots of food in Ireland. We also sell food to and buy food from other countries around the world. When we buy carrots from South Africa they travel 6000 miles! It is better for the environment to buy food that is grown nearby. Can you think of any other food that might be grown in Ireland?

Food miles is the distance food travels from the farm to our plates. Energy is used to grow, process, pack, transport and store food. We even use energy to go to the shops in our cars! All of this means more greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) which causes climate change.

What can we do?

  • Think before you buy - Choose locally grown food that is in season (growing food in heated greenhouses uses energy).
  • Try to buy certified organic food.
  • Find out about your local farmers markets.
  • Talk to your local greengrocer, butcher and fishmonger and find out where their produce comes from.
  • Could you grow some of your own fruit and vegetables in school or at home?
  • Choose products with least packaging.
  • Leave the car at home and bring your own re-usable bags when going shopping.
  • Don’t waste food - try to buy what you need when you need it and store your food properly.
  • Get composting!

 Useful websites

Online food miles calculator http://www.foodmiles.com/

A web site to help the consumer understand food miles http://www.foodmiles.ie/

Stop Food Waste http://www.stopfoodwaste.ie/

Grow It Yourself Ireland http://www.giyireland.com/

Tips from the Environmental Protection Agency on Living Green http://www.epa.ie/livegreen/wasteprevention/

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