Created on February 21, 2022
Food transport and costs
Live animals, fish, meat, dairy products, fruit, cereals, legumes, sugar, coffee, animal feed... our lifestyle, far from being self-sufficient in food production, needs more and more imported food. Thus begins the long (and not very eco-intelligent) journey of our food.
If we look at a European level, transport represents 40% of the final energy consumed, coming almost entirely from petroleum products.
Not all locally sourced products can be considered more sustainable than food imported from faraway places. Before reaching our plates, food often goes through several months of preparation, production, storage and distribution. The ecological effectiveness of this cycle depends on several factors, such as soil quality, weather conditions, climate suitability, and production and storage methods.
As a general rule, you can be almost certain that meat products, local or not, are less sustainable than imported vegetables even from the farthest point of the planet. Medical or ethical considerations aside, emissions from meat are simply too high, a fact that makes food miles an insignificant part of the comparison.
A Trend of Increasing Transportation
- Over the last fifty years, increasing globalization has enabled produce to shift much more freely around the globe, as witnessed in the US by the shift to year-round availability of formerly seasonal items. This has necessarily also increased the distances traveled by our food to take one particular instance, grapes coming to Iowa traveled an average of 1,590 miles in the early 70s and an average of 2,848 miles in the late 80s. This additional travel obviously increases the fuel costs involved in transporting the food, and so impacts the environment through greenhouse gas emissions.
How Transportation Costs Affect Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Prices?
How Food transport affects the enviroment?
It's more than clear that the transport of food from one country to another pollutes 11 times more damage than food transported in the same region, with air transport being the most polluting. Even the fact of keeping food in refrigerators so that, for instances, you can eat apples all year round, when they mainly come out in spring, regardless of the quality it loses, also harms the environment. Making the agri-food industry the cause of 11-15% of CO2 emissions and that, for example, in Spain, since it increased the import of food products from other countries, it has caused a 67% increase in CO2 emissions in our country
5 ways to cut food transport costs
1. Keep track of weight:
3.Managing deliveries and collections on the same route:
Measures to improve food transport and consumption
María Dolores Raigón President of the Spanish Society of Ecological Agriculture (SEAE)
SOME IMPORTANT PEOPLE MAKE A BALANCE OF THE SITUATION OF ECOLOGIC FOOD IN SPAIN
During his speech, the situation of the organic farming sector in our country and the current position with respect to other European countries were addressed. In this context, it was indicated that Spain is the European country with the largest area of organic cultivation and one of the largest in the world.
Raigón indicated that "the data on the increase in internal consumption of organic food gives us great satisfaction."
Regarding the future trend of organic farming in our country, Raigón stated that “the trend is to maintain or increase the figures of the cultivation area.
Goldman not only wanted to "talk about ecological products, but also about the way in which to work ecologically" in the kitchen.
Regarding the values of organic cooking, the guest stated that "our values are to help others to work with organic products, to see the advantages of working with organic products, and to see the advantages of working in an organic way ”.
Goldman was confident in stating that the trend in the consumption of organic food in Spain has been "slow".