The food we eat has many environmental impacts - from the distance in food miles to the way it is farmed. Sustainable food production is key in order to feed an ever-growing world.
Which of the following statements is true?
People in the UK can buy food from around the world in their local supermarket
Food produced in other countries is always more expensive
Food miles measure the money made from foreign food producers
What are questions to consider when thinking about sustainable food production?
The distance our food has travelled
The living conditions for the people who produce our food
The distance our food has travelled and the living conditions for the people who produce our food
Why are people concerned about food miles?
Food which is transported many miles contributes to carbon emissions
Food might be stale by the time it reaches the buyer
Food tastes better when it has been processed
Why does some of the food harvested in the UK have high food miles?
Because it is grown abroad
Because the food can be sent elsewhere for processing
Because the roads in the UK are not very direct
What is a carbon footprint?
A measure of how much carbon is used in the production and transportation of a product
A measure of how much space it takes to store products that we make
A measure of how far we have to travel to reach a supermarket
Why do we buy food from other countries?
To help the poorer countries to develop
Because we don't know how to grow some things ourselves
Because we cannot grow some things in our climate
Which has the highest food miles?
What are disposable items?
Items of a poorer quality that may be thrown away after use
Items that are manufactured for export to other countries
Items that have low food miles
Why do less developed countries often have higher pollution levels?
Because they do not care about the environment so much
Because they have a hot climate where pollutants are evaporated
Because they have fewer laws to stop pollution
Which of the following is an aim of fair trade?
To produce food all over the world
To give poor farmers secure incomes
To buy locally