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Food miles: Starving the poor?

  • John Ballingall

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    (New Zealand Institute of Economic Research)

  • Niven Winchester

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

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    Food miles measure the distance food travels to reach consumers' plates. Although substituting local food for imported produce will not necessarily reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the food miles movement is widely supported by consumers and import-competing producers. We investigate the economic implications of food miles-induced preference changes in Europe using an economy-wide model. We observe large welfare losses for several Sub-Saharan African nations. We conclude that food miles campaigns will increase global inequality without necessarily improving environmental outcomes. Length: 30 pages

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    Paper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0812.

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    Date of creation: Dec 2008
    Date of revision: Dec 2008
    Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:0812
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