Buying Power: Food

What are food miles?

Over the last fifty years, there have been major changes in how food is produced and how it is supplied to the UK’s supermarkets. There have been changes in the source of food supply to meet our demand for year-round supply of produce such as fruit and vegetables with food imported from overseas. There has also been a switch from frequent food shopping (on foot) at small local shops to weekly shopping by car at large out of town supermarkets. These trends have led to a large increase in the distance food travels from the farm to consumer, known as food miles.

What are food miles?

What food will we buy?

This section is about the different opinions about what and where we should buy our food. Does buying local reduce our impact on the environment and is buying local the solution?

What food will we buy?