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How Far Does Your Food Travel?

With Earth Day quickly approaching (April 22), I am reminded to think about where I am in the world and where in the world my food is. I am in Canada and most of our food is not.

We are not far enough into spring to plant an outdoor garden and the Farmer's Market has not yet opened. Everything comes from the grocery store. I bought a beautiful bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Well, at least they were fresh when they were picked and hopefully just as fresh when they were packed. I don't think, however, that they are at their most fresh after traveling so many miles to my home.

So where does our food come from?  How many food miles did it travel? 

Photo Credit:  Port of San Diego

Here is a tally of just a few things in my kitchen, along with the food miles they travelled to get here:

Oranges, strawberries, baby romaine, green beans, apples - California - 1.550 mi (2,494 km)
Bananas - Ecuador - 4,383 mi (7,054 km)
Mango, brussel sprouts - Mexico - 2,632 mil (4,236 km)

I am rather ashamed to admit that the food I bought to nourish my family this week may have travelled a combined distance of 8,565 miles (or 5,322 kilometers) - if everything from each location was shipped in the same truck - to my dinner table.  But, I am happy to say that to offset this, the food miles my strawberries, lettuce, and beans will travel this summer will be around 5 meters (16 feet).

How far did your food travel this week?