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Food miles? Fair Miles. Big Ideas In Development

Fair trade? Food miles? Organic?  How do you sift through the noise and the studies without losing or mind -or your lunch?

Working to increase livelihoods of small rural growers who need to access developed markets, the discussion around food miles is especially important for our work.  Are we contributing to climate change by advocating for a system of small-farmer inclusion in areas like Africa, Asia and Latin America for consumers in America and Europe?

Our colleagues over at Oxfam and IIED have put together a great report titled, Fair Miles.  Adding a measure of consideration and complexity to an oversimplified discussion on food miles, the report highlights the ethical questions and analyzes a range of environmental impacts- including accurately assessing emissions related to food production- that often go overlooked when evaluating food purely on distance calculation.

There’s a lot of facts and interesting data that offers some good insight- most strikingly, however, is 1-1.5 million poor farmers in sub-Saharan Africa depending on UK markets for their livelihoods.

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