Food Miles


This activity stimulates students to think about the long distances travelled by foods – so that we can have a full choice of fruit and vegetables all year round. Not many of our younger pupils are really aware of what grows where and when in their own locality and the concept of “seasonal” produce is rapidly disappearing.

This activity, based on an original idea developed at Kew, is treated very simply here, but of course it could lead to much deeper issues such as types of transport, how long and how far food has travelled, pollution, cutting down forests and the effect on wildlife and local people. We are just hoping to spark the concept of world citizenship.

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