Food Distribution and Mileage (Amna, Emelia, Soline, Olivia)

Food Distribution and Mileage

We need a way to reduce the pollution caused by food transportation from all over the world. Have you ever wondered how far your food travels and what is used to transport it? Well it’s time for you to know. Pollution is a huge problem all over the world and there are so many ways that we can help. We want more foods that aren’t just local, so in order to reduce pollution through your food transportation we invented an attempted solution. Farmers within a  close radius would split up the work so things are done faster and their community would be able to have many more foods. Once a month, farmers would meet up and drive together, to combine their foods. Instead of two trucks to transport food, there would only be one, which will help pollution one step at a time.

There are many causes of pollution from food transportation. The main causes are due to trucks, planes, boats and trains. Food that is transported from other continents forces us to use planes and trucks to transport all of the food. This is  bad for the environment because to fly and drive so long and often it uses so much energy that pollutes the air. The unnecessary exporting and importing to different countries also affects the pollution. The farther the food has to travel, the more pollution is being poured out into our eco-system. The last reason to more pollution is caused by the greater increase of population. Since there are more people on earth, it gives the farmers more hungry mouths to feed. Farmers have to make more and more food shipping it everywhere, creating more fossil fuels.

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Because we pollute too much while transporting the food, our health is at risk. Also, the transportation is expensive to pay for. As we all know, cars, trucks, planes, and boats are a big part of our carbon footprint. All the smog that is air in breathed in by use. About 950 cases of asthma, 16,870 missed school days, 43 hospital admissions, and 37 premature deaths could be caused by the worsened air quality for imports. Farmers also pay a lot to have their food transported. The prices of gas have gone up about 67% since 2008. Air transport and large sea vessels leave the biggest carbon footprint, they  use the most fuel. A 747 airplane can use 1,000 pounds of fuel just to take off! This is bad for the environment and animals  because the gas gets trapped in the atmosphere and heats up the earth.

A solution to solve this problem has been thought about before. It is to change how and what the community eats. The town would have to grow a garden, eat seasonally, cook at home, avoid highly processed foods and drinks and eat local or organic food as much as possible. A solution that is best to address our problem is to have farmers who are going to the same place to combine their foods in order to save energy and give less pollution. Another part of this solution would be having farmers who are close together figure out what is needed to keep their community happy and healthy.  Then they would split up the work, each do half of the necessary products. We think this solution would be effective because it would help farmers grow what is necessary for their community but also not have to do all the work. The farmers would then split the work up and then meet and combine their products. They would then take the food to a farmers market once a month. This solution will take cooperation, communication and many open customers willing to try new things. This would make farmers have less work to do growing products and we would use less energy because the farmers would transport the food together rather than having two separate trucks.

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Bibliography
Sources:

“Community Solutions: Our Solutions – Food.” Community Solutions: Our Solutions – Food. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2014.

This source informs us about what the facts are for food transport and the pollution it causes and also gives us a brief solution.

“The Environmental Cost of Food Transportation.” The Environmental Cost of Food Transportation. Eco Evaluator, 08 Jan. 2014. Web. 09 Jan. 2014.

This is a good site because it is organized well. It helped me understand the expenses of transporting food.


“GRACE Communications Foundation.” GRACE Communications Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2014.

This site helped me understand more about local and regional foods.


“Health Facts.” Food Hub. National Resource Defense Council, Nov. 2007. Web. 8 Jan. 2013.

This site was understandable and helped me get most of the health facts.

 

“Health Facts: Food Miles.” Health Facts. Natural Resources Defense Council, Nov. 2007. Web. 9 Jan. 2014.

This source gives you the facts about why buying local food helps.


“Video: Transport: Food Miles | Watch E2 Online | PBS Video.” PBS Video. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Jan. 2014.

The movie has good information but it is about a story of a café and finding local food in Pennsylvania. It includes some facts but not enough to go off of.

Images:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_transport

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-harvest_losses_(vegetables)

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  • Chloe Nicolaou

    I think that the statistics that were stated in the blog helped provide information. I think that in some paragraphs, you are repeating yourself, but it still helps get the message through.

  • Annika Khouri

    I think the most persuasive thing was your solution. it surprised me how much impact the air pollution has had already. I think you could change some of the statistics into more understandable terms.

  • Katie Sauvain

    Whoops, never mind–only 2 visuals were required, so ignore the comment above.

  • Katie Sauvain

    Revisions needed:
    –add one more visual (photo, video, or art you created) to meet the requirement of 3 visuals

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