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Food Movement Glossary

Food Miles


The distance food travels from where it is grown or raised to where it is ultimately purchased by the consumer or end-user. Local food systems can reduce food miles and transportation costs, offering significant energy savings. Consumers also benefit from fresher, better-tasting, and more nutritious food, while more food dollars stay within rural communities. Related term: 100 Mile Diet

Example of Food Miles:

The length of distances for food to travel from the source to the consumer could be measured in food miles. The more the food miles means that more energy is being spend to transport the food.
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