Local Organics - what are the benefits
Local Organics – how important is it?
So you have committed to an organic diet and lifestyle?
That’s great, you are doing yourself and the planet an enormous favour!
You are enjoying a lifestyle free from chemicals and GMOs. You are helping to reduce environmental pollution from unsustainable farming practices.
Equally important, you are supporting local farms and small businesses run sustainable operations.
While this is all so worthwhile, it is likewise important to know where your food and lifestyle products are from.
Support local organics and help reduce food miles
Local organics - help reduce food miles
For example, this is where the benefits of supporting local producers, and reducing Food Miles, comes into play.
Food miles are a measure of the distance food is transported between production and consumption.
The greater the distance the food has travelled, the greater the impact on the environment. This is due to the pollution from carbon dioxide emissions, generated by the transporting vehicles.
Food miles are one factor used when assessing the environmental impact of food, including the impact on global warming
For instance, by purchasing an orange grown in Mildura, rather than California, you’ll reduce food miles. In this case the reduction will be from 7,197 miles (11582 km) to 722 miles (1162 km).
Imagine the greenhouse gases you are helping to reduce when you make that decision.
Help reduce greenhouse gases and global warming
Similarly, it is even better to buy local South East Queensland products when possible. That’s why our online certified organic home delivery service goes even further to promote local organics.
Our website highlights products that are produced from South East Queensland, including the produce grown on our farm.
This is all to help our customers know where their food and other products are from so they can make informed decisions.
Why? Because doing so can help make all the difference, when you consider how alarming the statistics can be.
The CERES Food Miles in Australia Report, completed in 2007, was an eye-opening study. It showed the total distance for all transportation involved in a typical food basket is 70,803 km. This is equivalent to travelling twice around the circumference of the earth.
Furthermore, the report calculated the greenhouse gas emissions for all the food trucks transporting all the items in the basket. Over the total road transport distance, this was 167,989 tonnes of CO2.
The CERES report rightly concluded that there is a need for Australia to: Respond to the role our current food system plays within the issues of climate change and peak oil.
It is a simple fact that locally grown produce has far fewer ‘food miles’ than produce grown in other countries.
The rise in food miles has led to other issues, in addition to carbon dioxide emissions. For instance, these include other environmental, social and economic burdens associated with transport. These include increases in air pollution and congestion as well as accidents and noise.
Consumers can make a difference
The good news is consumers can help make a difference, every day. They can do this by supporting local organic farms and producers.
This short video on Food Miles by Local Harvest is well worth a watch. It explains all of the issues very simply and clearly.
At Second Nature Organics, we are all about promoting Good Food, Good Health and the Environment. Read more about the benefits of organics in our 7 reasons to go organic blog.