1. Where Food Originates People are enjoying more and more imported foods, despite the fact that the UK is capable of producing a variety of foods. The UK has a proud tradition of farming animals and crops. International competition has put pressure on the agricultural industry.
2. Food Miles Food miles is the distance food travels from field to plate. The further food travels, the more CO2 is produced. Choosing seasonal food cuts food miles. Higher price, environmental issues and decreased nutrition may be related to imported food.
3. Our Food Carbon Footprint Food carbon footprint is the effect food purchases have on the environment, specifically greenhouse gas emissions cause by growth, processing and transportation. Buying local food and composting does help, but there is more to be done.
4. Food Security Food security means that people have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. A growing global population affects this. Price increases can cause food insecurity. These increases can be caused by natural disasters and climate change.
5. Making a Decision Deciding whether to buy imported or local food is not easy and requires taking may things into consideration such as price, convenience and environmental issues. Imported food may sustain farmers in less economically developed countries.