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The “Food Miles” concept was introduced in the UK nearly two decades ago in order to highlight the emissions of CO2 that arise during the transportation of food grown in distant locations. The concept has subsequently energized urban citizens to re-consider the on-purpose purchase of locally grown foods. The important contribution of CO2 emitted in heated greenhouse operations has heretofore been routinely omitted from the “Food Miles” accounting protocol. In the analysis of tomato supply to Vancouver, the CO2 emission was estimated to be about 7 times higher for tomatoes grown in local greenhouses than in local open fields.

Keywords: carbon dioxide ; emission ; food supply ; tomato ; Vancouver

Editor(s): Schiefer, Gerhard

Fritz, Melanie

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Agricultural and Food Policy

Environmental Economics and Policy

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

International Relations/Trade

Research Methods/ Statistical Methods

Issue Date: 2012-11

Publication Type: Journal Article

DOI and Other Identifiers: ISSN 1869-6945 (Other)

PURL Identifier: Published in: International Journal on Food System Dynamics, Volume 03, Number 1 Page range: 74-81

Total Pages: 8

Record appears in: International Center for Management, Communication, and Research > International Journal on Food System Dynamics

Autor: Wong, Alfred ; Hallsworth, Alan


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