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Green Logistics by Michael Browne, Anthony Whiteing, Sharon Cullinane, Alan McKinnon

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The food miles debate

Is shorter better?

Tara Garnett

INTRODUCTION

The concept of ‘food miles’ first entered public consciousness in the mid-1990s, following the publication of a groundbreaking report by the SAFE Alliance, an environmental organization now known as Sustain. The phrase was originally coined to encapsulate a broad range of environmental, social and economic problems resulting from the globalizing of food supply systems. Since the report’s initial publication, however, the phrase’s broader, more holistic intent has been superseded by a narrow focus on the environmental (and specifically CO2) impacts of transporting food over ...

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