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  • Food miles cost the country £9bn every year in delays, pollution and road accidents.

  • Lorries did 5.5 million miles in food miles in 2004, according to Defra, while cars did 4.2 billion.

  • Air travel was responsible for 17 million miles but it has been rising fast. It rose by 136 per cent from 1992 to 2002. Between 2002 and 2004, it rose 31 per cent.

  • Some products are flown 12,000 miles to supermarkets.

  • In a survey last year, Greenpeace found two-thirds of apples on sale at supermarket had been air-freighted from abroad - at the height of the British apple growing season.

One complaint: not a word about Europe. (For example, British apple-growing season = European apple-growing season). You once again get the impression the UK is a flying island that is not part of the EU.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jul 21st, 2006 at 05:04:08 AM EST
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