Symposium Session: Measuring the Impact of Food Miles on Sustainability

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 4010, 8018; Level  2
Performance Indicators: 3.3.5, 7.2.3, 7.2.4

Local food is one of today’s hottest food trends, but what is its true impact on sustainability? In this session, Sharon Palmer, RDN, explores the science on how far food is traveling today to get to your plate and how food travel affects carbon footprint. This session will also provide surprising revelations about our food system and bottom-line advice on how people can make a difference with their forks.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Define local food and food miles in today’s food system.
  2. Understand the distance food is traveling in Western food systems.
  3. List factors that impact carbon footprint beyond food miles.
  4. Identify strategies to reduce carbon footprint by food choices.
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  • 1.50 CDR
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Sharon Palmer, RDN

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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