How long does your food travel?
It is estimated that the meals in the United States travel about 1,500 miles to get from farm to plate. Why is this cause for concern? There are many reasons: This long-distance, large-scale transportation of food consumes large quantities of fossil fuels.
How long does it take for food to reach the stomach?
Once food has entered the esophagus, it doesn’t just drop right into your stomach. Instead, muscles in the walls of the esophagus move in a wavy way to slowly squeeze the food through the esophagus. This takes about 2 or 3 seconds.
How many miles does the average plate of food travel?
Well, according to Worldwatch Institute, the average plate full of food on an American table has traveled 1500 miles before being eaten. So, what’s the problem with having our food flown across the country, and often imported from across the world, before we actually get to eat it?
Why do we need to travel long distance for food?
Larger volumes of products get the best price for processing and at the market. There are many consequences of increasing long distance food travel. Long distance food trade is said to be efficient because it allows purchase of food from the lowest-cost provider translating to lower costs to the consumer.
How are food miles used in the UK?
Food is being transported longer and longer distances – ‘food miles’ – from producer to consumer. In the UK, comparatively little of the food we consume comes from local producers; and much will have been transported over great distances.
Why did the food miles report come out?
Re-print of the original 1994 publication, with an updated cover and foreword. Cheap non-renewable fossil fuel energy makes intensive agriculture and long-distance transportation economically viable, and has allowed food production and distribution to become global industries.