More About Food Miles

Some Fun facts about our Food Miles Calculator*

In total the tool has been used 2254754 times.

Total distance calculated by the tool*: 8,614,823,370 miles.

That is approximately:
346255 times around the earth!
11,205.46 times to the moon and back!
100% of the way to the sun(done).
100% of the way to Jupiter! (done).
100% of the way to Saturn! (done).
100% of the way to Uranus! (done).
100% of the way to Neptune! (done).
100% of the way to Pluto! (done).
0.04% of the way to Alpha Centauri!

The average distance calculated is: 4184 miles

Food Miles Calculator Tag Cloud

This shows the most "tracked" items using the food miles calculator!

aabbcc almonds apple apples apricot apricots asparagus avacado avocado avocados baby corn bacon baked beans banana bananas banna bannana bannanas bannas basil basmati rice beans beef beer biscuits black pepper blackberries blackberry blue berries blueberries blueberry brazil nuts bread broccoli brocoli burger butter butternut squash cabbage carrot carrots cashew nuts cauliflower celery cereal cheese cherries cherry cherry tomatoes chicken chilli chillies chips choclate chocolate chopped tomatoes chorizo cinnamon clementines coco beans cocoa cocoa beans coconut coconut milk coconuts coffe coffee coffee beans coriander corn corned beef courgette crisps cucumber curry dates dragon fruit egg eggs feta cheese figs fish flour food fruit garlic ginger grape grapefruit grapes green beans ham honey ice cream jam kiwi kiwi fruit lamb leek leeks lemon lemons lentils lettuce lime limes mange tout mangetout mango mangoes mangos maple syrup meat melon milk mince mozzarella mozzarella cheese mushroom mushrooms mustard new potatoes noodles nutella nuts oats oil olive oil olives onion onions orange orange juice oranges papaya paprika parsley passion fruit pasta peach peaches peanut butter peanuts pear pears peas pepper pepperoni peppers pinapple pineapple pineapples pizza plum plums pomegranate pork potato potatoes potatos prawns raisins rasberries raspberries raspberry red grapes red pepper rice runner beans salad salami salmon salt sausage sausages soy sauce spaghetti spices spinach spring onion spring onions star fruit steak strawberries strawberry strawberrys sugar sugar snap peas sushi sweet corn sweet potato sweet potatoes sweetcorn tea tomato tomato puree tomato sauce tomatoe tomatoes tomatos tuna turkey vanilla water water melon watermelon wheat wine yeast yoghurt yogurt

Food Mile Considerations

Now that you have used our Food Miles Calculator you have a rough idea of how far the food has come to get to you.

This isn't however the whole story, there are many other factors to consider when you work out the environmental impact of your food.

Internal Travel

Remember, because our tool can only track items from capital to capital it doesn't give the whole story.

Country Of Origin

In the country of origin there a lot of things to consider, things like:

  • What products or treatments have been used to treat or grow the item? This would include any feeds etc for livestock and fertilisers for fruits and vegetables
  • Has the item been picked and shipped around prior to leaving the country?
  • How has the item been packaged and packed?

This has been highlighted in a fairly recent study by the Lincoln University in New Zealand where they proved that the overall environmental impact of NZ lamb was less than that of Welsh - including importing it to the UK. Report (PDF)

Destination Country

Food miles can be added to a product when it is in the final destination country. These include any internal movement of stock between distribution centres and supermarkets, travel to and from the point of purchase and even disposal of waste from the product!

Grow Your Own

An obvious answer to the food miles debate is of course to grow your own and keep the food mileage down to about 50ft! This isn't obviously the answer for all things as we don't all have a few acres spare to graze sheep etc.

Growing your own does have the added advantage of allowing you to track exactly what chemicals if any are used. Good for the planet and good for you.


The point here is that food miles are a very complicated thing, so the tool we have put together for you is only one part of the story. It can give a good indication of the miles your food has travelled to reach you and the carbon produced as a result.

In general, local food - that is locally produced and sold - is best, so buying this would normally be the safer option!

* since 17/03/09

This is not the full list - we have more, lesser tracked items here: Full Food Miles List