Convenience and cost are often driving factors when purchasing food. The choices consumers make, however, can have a great deal of influence on the direction our food system is headed. Reducing the energy intensiveness of our food has several economic, social and environmental benefits. Consumers who are reducing their food mile footprint are likely to:
- Enjoy fresher, tastier, healthier food
- Ensure that more of the value of food spending goes to local food producers
- Keep their value of food spending circulating in the community
- Know where their food comes from
- Reduce their carbon footprint
For a more in-depth look at Food Miles see Food Miles: Background and Marketing, produced by the US National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.