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  •  Oh, here is one more - about food miles: (9+ / 0-)

    Other food news currently making the TV bulletins and papers down here in New Zealand is about the green image of NZ food in foreign markets. Example:

    'Food-miles' danger for NZ exports

    Food purchasing decisions based on the flawed "food miles" concept could wipe 0.24% off New Zealand gross domestic product, a new study has revealed.


    The report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research and Dr Niven Winchester of the University of Otago reiterated earlier findings that basing the environmental impact of food solely on the distance it has travelled to market, was flawed.


    The New Zealand report argued that assessing greenhouse gas emissions from a product should be for the life cycle of the product - sowing, growing, harvesting, packaging, storage, transportation and consumption.

    It also argued that food miles only took into account the miles travelled and not the efficiency of the transport mode - the energy used and emissions generated when measured on per tonne-kilometre basis.


    Lincoln University researcher Caroline Saunders has calculated that lamb, dairy products, apples and onions sourced from New Zealand used less energy when landed in UK supermarkets than their local equivalents.

    For both food and other goods, I buy as much locally made and locally grown as possible - but it's not just where it's made that's important. I also keep in mind how it's made or grown, and where it's sold. Maybe the produce in supermarkets is sometimes just as local and tastes just as good as from the small independent greengrocer's shop in my suburb, maybe not - but I'm happy sticking with the greengrocer.

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