Food miles is a term which refers to the distance food is transported from the time of its production until it reaches the consumer. Food miles are one factor used when assessing the environmental impact of food, including the impact on global warming. The concept of food miles originated in the early 1990s in the United Kingdom. Some scholars believe that an increase in the miles food travels is due to the globalization of trade; the focus of food supply bases into fewer, larger districts; drastic changes in delivery patterns; the increase in processed and packaged foods; and making fewer trips to the supermarket. At the same time, most of the greenhouse gas emissions created by food have their origin in the production phases, which create 83% of overall emissions of CO2.
Lets look at some calorie, fat and protein counts for thesebasic Indian dishes:Roti:: 85 calories per roti with a 6 diameter. Fat content -0.5gms.Dal (urad) with tadka:: 154 calories per 150gms. Fat content -6gmsRajma/chana/lobhia: 153 calories per 150gms. Fat content -5gmsAverage mixed vegetable: 142 calories per 150gms. Fat content- 15gms (based on oil usage)Average chicken curry: :300 calories per 100gms. Fat content -15 to 35gms (based on oil and types of cut - skinless, lean etc)Plain dosa:: 125 calories per medium dosa. Fat content - 3gmsIdlis: 132 calorier for two. Fat content: 3gmsCurd rice: 190 calories per 100gms. Fat content: 7gmsCoconut rice: 368 calories per 100gms. Fat content: 15gms
Carbon Footprint for Food Miles in India as compared to others ...