Food mile madness
Interesting one food miles. We get a veg box delivery and I often wonder how (relatively) locally grown organic stuff delivered in a small van* making loads of stops, lots of around town miles vs motorway miles, and loaded relatively inefficiently stacks up against bulk delivery like ninfan says. I suspect it’s not as blindingly obvious as it might seem that local is always better, if CO2 etc. is your main metric.
*I haven’t actually seen the van but I assume it would be the at most the same sort of size as supermarket home delivery ones. It’s probably pretty modern too.Posted 3 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
might sound daft, but then what’s the carbon footprint of a pallet of onions stuck in the hold of a plane that’s already flying from auckland to heathrow?
if it’s a small town or village, I’d wager there’s a farmshop nearby. it’ll be pricier, but you’ll have the feelgood factor. or grow some onions in the back garden.Posted 3 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
then again, what’s the carbon footprint of an icecream tub’s worth of gooseberries that you picked yerself at the local PYO farm (probably the same farm with the farmshop), and kept in the freezer until january, so you can make gooseberry crumble? (or blackberries from local hedges, rhubarb, or whatever your favourite crumble is)Posted 3 years ago
Just been at my local supermarket and the only choice of onions were from New Zealand 😯 how the hell can that be profitable for the supermarket? I would prefer to buy A from a local source and B from a different vendor but this small town only has one green grocer which is so difficult to get to.
Give me convenience or give me death springs to mind, next weeks shop is going to be planned better I think.Posted 3 years agochewkwMember
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Just been at my local supermarket and the only choice of onions were from New Zealand how the hell can that be profitable for the supermarket?
Buy tonnes of them then repack to sell in the supermarket. Simple.
Oh ya … strong £££ exchange and the rip off local price or “high standard” of living help.Posted 3 years agodmortsSubscriber
Just been at my local supermarket and the only choice of onions were…
Also you’re part of the issue here. Like pretty much everyone we expect all things, all the time. We no longer have any concept of the seasons and availability. If we did, you’d have bought a load of them last autumn from a local source and be working through your stock, not buying them “fresh” each week.
how the hell can that be profitable for the supermarket?
It obviously is as they sell them. Can’t imagine onions are a good example of a “loss leader”Posted 3 years agob rMember
Shipped by sea in bulk on modern vessels, then they could well have a lower CO2 footprint than ones grown closer but shipped by wagon.
Unless the shop was next to a container port, all the onions will have come by ‘wagon’ at some point.
What you’ll probably find is that a kg of onions actually costs so little to buy/transport etc that you’d not notice the price differential between UK/European/NZ onions. In fact the VAT is probably more than this, with the largest costs been the Supermarkets ‘selling’ costs.Posted 3 years ago
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