Fair Miles

Recharting the food miles map

KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16KS5: ages 16+PDF

Do you ever stand there in the supermarket dithering about whether buying those green beans from Kenya is a ‘good thing’ (supporting Kenyan farmers) or ‘bad thing’ (think of the carbon emissions caused by all those ‘food miles’!)? Is it always better to ‘buy locally’? And what do your students think?

This little book from Oxfam and the International Institute for Environment and Development delves into the realities of the produce trade between Africa and the UK, examining both sides of the equation to help your search for an ‘ethically balanced’ diet. It talks in terms of ‘fair miles’ rather than ‘food miles’. Whilst not specifically targetted at schools, it is very clearly written and colourfully laid-out, with easy-to-understand charts and diagrams.

An excellent resource for Geography or Citizenship, for example, at secondary or post-16 level.

Read more, and download PDF: Fair Miles


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