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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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Are food miles worth worrying about?

This event is a part of the University of Cambridge Science Festival 2018.
When Mar 22, 2018
from 05:30 PM to 06:45 PM
Where Mill Lane, Lecture Room 2
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Contact Phone 01223 766766
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Melanie Jans-Singh (Department of Engineering)

Foivos Anastasiadis (Institute for Manufacturing)

Duncan Catchpole (Cambridge Organic Food Co & Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub)

Richard Sidebottom (Centre for Development Studies)


Trying to make sensible food choices can be confusing. ‘Eat local’ is claimed by many to be the way to have minimal impact on the environment. But the total greenhouse gas emissions depend on the product in question – overall they are lower for tomatoes grown in the warmer climes of Spain using natural sunlight and imported to the UK, than for tomatoes grown locally in heated glasshouses in the middle of winter. How can we make sense of ‘food miles’, and as environmentally and socially conscious consumers what else should we be considering?

This event is organised by the Cambridge Global Food Security initiative and Cambridge EIT Food programme.


Food Miles