Buy local, buy British? The food miles debate

A contribution to the debate on the issue of food miles and the purchase of local food.

Year of Publication2009

Because of the very uneven distribution of the population of England and variations in the amount of energy required to grow food in different parts of the world, the purchase of local food is not always the most energy-efficient approach. Buying British-grown food may, however, be the most effective means of ensuring the food security for our growing population in the future.

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energy for transportfood milesenergy for cultivationsfood security
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Supporting the development of the national rural economy.


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