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Where does your food come from?

Very little food in the UK comes from truly local sources.

Many journeys are made to provide food that is out of season in the UK.

Even food from the UK may have travelled hundreds of miles by road.

Click on places on the map to see some examples of the journeys that food has made before it reaches our kitchen.


Where do Bananas come from?
A partial (and simplified!) life cycle analysis for imported bananas. Includes teacher's notes, table and cards, and pupil worksheet
Where do tomatoes come from?
A comparison of the impact of imported and UK grown tomatoes. Includes teacher's notes, tables and cards, and pupil worksheet
Food labels survey
Finding out where food comes from using food labels
Food Map Presentation
Interactive PowerPoint 'quiz' version of map (may be used offline)

Please note: this site was produced in 2006, and is no longer updated. As a result, some of the figures may be out of date.

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Additional Presentations

From Source to Sale
Presentation that looks at food sources and how choices can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions
Teachers notes
To accompany Food Sources presentation
Feeding my Family
Presentation that examines how we can make sure there is enough food in the world
Teachers notes
To accompany the Feeding my Family presentation