Food & Pollution

How far has your food travelled?

Pollution in the UK

Here in the UK, road transport is the only source of a greenhouse gas that's still increasing.

A greenhouse gas (sometimes abbreviated GHG) is a gas in an atmosphere that absorbs and emits radiation within the thermal infrared range. This process is the fundamental cause of the greenhouse effect.

Transportation of food

Food in the UK now travels 50% further than it did 15 years ago!

Also transportation of food is responsible for 33% of the increase in road freight over the last 15 years.

How many miles to your plate?

Let's compare 2 vegetables:

The first one is in the supermarket, and it's a packet of beans.


It comes from Kenya an has travelled 4,333 miles to get here.

We also have to think that the beans were picked five days ago and were sprayed with chemicals to stop them going brown on the journey.

They've been packed in plastic and have travelled by road and air and road.


The second one in the farmers' market, and it's a paper bag with organic carrots in it.

This one have travelled six miles from the farm where they were picked the day before the market.

They have been cleaned by being washed in the field, and they never been sprayed with any chemicals.


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