Monday, 29 May 2017

Should We Be Factoring Food Miles Into Our Purchase Decisions?

Most Australian are environmentally responsible, and do what they can to ensure energy efficiency as much as possible. There are a great many ways to do this, whether it be at a commercial or individual level. Without question, the products we choose to buy are an important consideration when we think about the environment, as we supporting certain types of companies in doing, many of which may or may not be environmentally responsible themselves. But some have put forward the idea that buying local food is one of the best decisions we can make to support the environment. Let’s take a look at why this is.

What Is The Concept Of Food Miles? 


The food miles concept promotes the idea that it’s more environmentally friendly to buy and eat locally-grown food, by virtue of the fact that are do not require the same amount of energy to be transported as do foods that have been imported. Indeed, on a global scale, the effect that trucks, ships, and aircraft transported all manner of goods is quite significant. The reasoning goes that if it doesn’t have to travel as far, the environment is better off, so we should try to eat locally produced products as much as possible. There are, however, some problems with this reasoning.

Other Reasons To Eat Local


Whether the idea that eating locally does or doesn’t help the environment, there are plenty of other reason to go for local produce rather than choosing to buy food that has either been imported from overseas or transported across great distances domestically. For one thing, it means supporting your local community, which indirectly can help promote the economy around you, especially in more rural areas. The food is also naturally more fresh, as it has likely spent less time being transported or in transit, before it becomes available for you to purchase.

Although, with high quality refrigerated trucking, there is a much lower chance of food losing its quality, flavour, and health benefits. Technological advances in the field have made refrigerated trucking much more efficient, meaning we are able to keep food fresh for much longer than ever before. Improvements in the way these units are powered have also made the process burn considerably less fossil fuel.


Closing Remarks


The fact is that just about any of the food you eat is going to have been trucked, shipped or transported in some way to get to you. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that we should cut out food produced in other parts of the world. As seen in the example above, different parts of the world are able to grow certain types of produce more easily, more efficiently and more economically than other parts of the world. 

Which makes trade a good option for everyone and may actually make the environment better off. Also, technology and the forces of globalisation are making the process of importing goods much quicker and more efficient, as there are more channels by which to transport food whether that by between countries or interstate. If there is any truth to the idea of food miles, it’s likely to be less of an issue than what some people claim.