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Choose one of the foods from the table below that you may have in your kitchen, fridge or pantry. Check the label to determine where this food came.

1. Describe the food item, where it came from (check the label or sticker) and use this calculator to determine how far it has travelled to reach your table. http://www.organiclinker.com/food-miles.cfm.
List the food item.
Where did it come from?
How far has it travelled?

2. How does this vast movement of food from one nation to another benefit developing nations? Are there benefits to developed or wealthy nations?

3. There is an "eat local" initiative developing throughout the US and Europe. What are the benefits to buying fresh, local foods? Are there drawbacks? (Use the internet and the library resources to help you form your opinion.)

4. Can you live without the food item you chose? Is there a local substitute available? Knowing what you do of how Global Food Trade effects the global market and the economies of individual countries, explain your position on buying this food item in the future.

Food Item

Link to Description and Production Statistics

Bananas

http://fruit-crops.com/banana/#PRODUCTION

Cashews

http://fruit-crops.com/cashew/#PRODUCTION

Cocoa Beans (chocolate)

http://fruit-crops.com/cacao/#PRODUCTION

Coconuts

http://fruit-crops.com/coconut/#PRODUCTION

Coffee

http://fruit-crops.com/coffee/#PRODUCTION

Dates

http://fruit-crops.com/date/#PRODUCTION

Kiwi fruit

http://fruit-crops.com/kiwi/#production

Mangoes

http://fruit-crops.com/mango/#PRODUCTION

Olives/Olive Oil

http://fruit-crops.com/olive/#PRODUCTION

Pineapple

http://fruit-crops.com/pinapple/#PRODUCTION

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1. Describe the food item, where it came from (check the label or sticker) and use this calculator to determine how far it has travelled to reach your table. http://www.organiclinker.com/food-miles.cfm.
List the food item.
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I chose starbucks medium Pike Place Roast whole bean coffee

Where did it come from?
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The coffee beans were grown in Mexico, which supplies 4% of the world's coffee.

How far has it travelled?
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Assuming that the coffee traveled from the capital of Mexico to the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C, they traveled 1886 miles or 3034km.

2. How does this vast movement of food from one nation to another benefit developing nations? Are there benefits to developed or wealthy nations?
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Developing nations see economic growth through movement of foods to other countries, as they can provide produce and other food products at a lower price to other countries (UNIDO, 1997). They benefit from this because they can make money on their surplus and gain national income, especially if the country is a net food exporter. For developed and wealthy a strong national ...

Solution Summary

The solution investigates the origins of one particular food product, the Starbucks' Pike Place Roast whole bean coffee before looking at the wider effects of food transportation and local produce consumption. 745 words with references.

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