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By Kelly Rai Chi, James Macgregor, Richard King

Contemporary nutrients is easily travelled. A pack of eco-friendly beans in a Northern grocery store could have journeyed 6000 miles, or 60. yet whereas foodstuff miles loom huge in our carbon-aware instances, transporting it counts for under you could imagine. and there's a a ways larger photo. meals is greater than a plateful of emissions. it is a social, political and financial factor that comprises hundreds of thousands of small farmers in negative nations who export produce to the North. they've got outfitted lives and livelihoods round this exchange. by way of procuring what they develop, you may have clocked up 'fair miles'. This pocketbook delves into the realities of the produce alternate among Africa and the united kingdom, reading each side of the equation looking for a vitamin that's ethically, in addition to nutritionally, balanced. This e-book has a basic readership but it can be of specific curiosity to these fascinated about moral intake.

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In Malawi, one of the poorest countries in Africa, strong winds and rains destroy houses, field crops and boats. ‘We expect rains and they don’t come, or we get heavy rains, which only destroy and don’t help our crop production,’ Peter Chapasi, a resident of Thyolo, in the south of the country, told the UK-based NGO Oxfam. 34 Similar stories are increasingly common across the continent. In Rwanda, farmer Chriselliea Nzabonimpa has had to wait on the rain to nourish her fields of beans, maize and cassava.

But read on. Our concluding chapter outlines a few simple steps showing how you, as a consumer, can make a difference. Big ideas in development: Fair miles 39 Big ideas in development: Fair miles Concl Eat, think, change: towards ethical food choices Globally, progress that lasts, reduces poverty and maintains environmental viability — sustainable development, in short — demands that we all, from consumers to policymakers, make informed choices. But in the meantime, you may well be visiting some kind of food outlet, whether a local salad bar, café or supermarket, nearly every day.

On average, Africans are responsible for very low levels of greenhouse gases when compared to people in industrialised countries (see map, right, and ‘Room to move’, page 33). Yet they are far more likely to suffer devastating climate impacts, ranging from increasingly erratic rainfall to floods, droughts, storms and subtler but equally damaging effects. Part of the problem is geographic vulnerability — living in areas prone to floods, storms or droughts. Part is a relative lack of resources and infrastructure, which leaves people in Africa often far less able to adapt to severe climate impacts.

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