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Food air miles go up

Published:  23 July, 2008

The distance travelled by food air-freighted into the UK increased by 31% or 65,000 tonnes in 2006, according to new government statistics.

The figures showed the number of "food kilometres" for goods transported by air rose from 28 to 36 million over the period.

Since 1992, air food kilometres have almost quadrupled.

But HGV food kilometres fell by 3% to just under nine billion.

Sustainable food and farming minister Jeff Rooker said: "The statistics...will help to inform our view on the impact of food transportation.

"However, transportation is just one element in the food production chain. Food miles alone are an incomplete way of judging whether the food we eat is sustainable."