Sustainable Food Guide
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"The food and grocery is the biggest user of road transportation...while levels of empty running have decreased over the last 30 years, one quarter of food and grocery miles are still estimated to be running empty. Sharing transport resources through backhaul and front-haul, are ways in which companies can work together" Details of cooperative project successes from IGD.
One award winning organic scheme, called Growing with Nature adopted a 'box scheme' where boxes of vegetables are delivered to people's homes. Eighty-five percent of sales are within a 15-mile radius. An independent environmental audit carried out by Sustain in 1999 gave a figure of 2.8 miles travelled per bag of vegetables from field to plate in the box scheme. The same survey showed that a UK-grown cabbage in a city supermarket travelled nearly 400 miles.
There are complex logistics to move food around. Logistics is the integrated management of all the activities required to move products through the food supply chain. For a typical food product this supply chain extends from a raw material source through the production and distribution system to the point of consumption and the associated reverse logistics. The logistical activities comprise freight transport, storage, inventory management, materials handling and all the related information processing. A research project is examining ways of reducing the damage to the environment and achieving a more sustainable balance between economic, environmental and social objectives.
Involve Discuss and decide what phrases you can use to encourahge local food procurement
Possible Policy Statement: "Our food will be sourced locally wherever possible."
Suggested Indicators: Energy needed to transport produce.
Get some grants from £50 mill Funding for Local Food.
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