Activity Card 7
Food Miles Game

Some of the foods that we buy are flown thousands of miles to be in our shops when they often grow in our own country! Whenever possible we should try to buy food which has been grown close to where we live to reduce pollution caused by food being flown long distances around the world. Match these foods (which can all be grown in the UK) with the country you think they may have come from.

Type of Food Country

Apple

Strawberry

Blackberry

Carrot

Tomato

Peas

Spinach

Green bean

 

South Africa

Argentina

Spain

Mexico

Kenya

Guatemala

USA

Morocco

Teacher's Explanation

It would be good to have an atlas or a map for the children to use to illustrate how far some produce has travelled to be in our shops even though it grows in the UK in season – refer back to Activity Card 6. Identify which food has travelled the furthest distance and what this means for the environment. Explain that carrots are the only food on the list that was grown in the UK.

For further resources on food miles and food and the environment see the Oxfam ‘Cool Planet' website and the Soil Association Education Resources – details in our Useful Resources Section.

Answers can be found in the Teacher's Answer Card at the
bottom of each session, below the Activity Card links.

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