Friday, July 20, 2007

Are Imported Foods More Energy Efficient?

"FOR the conscientious, food shopping now poses yet another ethical dilemma: is it really better to buy locally rather than shipping fruit and vegetables around the globe?

A conference of experts yesterday heard that importing food from the other side of the world can actually be more energy-efficient than buying British produce and helps developing countries tackle poverty.

The debate threatens to split the organic movement and could leave ordinary shoppers confused as to what to do for the best. It also comes as the Scottish Conservatives launch a "buy local, eat local" campaign to support farmers and reduce food miles - the distance travelled from suppliers to supermarkets."

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