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Eat beautifully.

Let’s be 'food miles' conscious.
Seasonal eating for an eco-friendly, healthy lifestyle.

Do you know where the fruit and vegetables you ate today came from?

Let's say this morning you had bread, coffee, fruit, and yogurt. Now, do you know where they came from? Also, how do you select food for daily consumption?

While interest in food-related environmental issues increases, 'food miles' is one of the food eco-friendliness indicators. It shows the environmental impact of food transportation from the places of origin to sites of consumption in terms of the volume and distance of transportation. A larger value means a longer food transportation distance *1 and a larger environmental impact.

Since we select food every day, it may be a good idea to proactively think about food miles. Researching food miles for every kind of food however will take too much time and effort, won't it? Then, how about adopting ways to make eating eco-friendly a little easier? Featuring seasonal food as the main dish is the secret.

In-season food is tasty and nutritious.

We all have the experience of eating garden-fresh fruits and vegetables and being delighted by their deliciousness. This in fact makes perfect sense from the nutrition point of view. It has been found that seasonal vegetables are more nutritious than non-seasonal vegetables*2.

Consumers are concerned about freshness or preservatives in food with a high food mileage, that is, food that is transported long distances. Their concern increases the longer transportation takes. Although it depends on the cultivation methods of each product, a shortcut for obtaining food with satisfying taste, nutrition, and eco-friendliness is to choose food harvested nearest to you, meaning locally produced food or food produced in your own country.

Please remember two things: 'in season' is the key; and try to buy products harvested nearest to you first.

Savor the flavor of food in season - an eco-friendly lifestyle for the future.

Being eco-friendly feels difficult. It may however be surprisingly simple if you think about eating fresh seasonal food. The concept of enjoying tasty food rich in nutrients and at the same time being eco-friendly will make you feel good about yourselves every day.

Reference List

*1 Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. Fu-do maire-ji ni tsuite (An Overview of Food Mileages). Accessed on October 5, 2017.
<http://www.maff.go.jp/j/council/seisaku/kikaku/goudou/06/pdf/data2.pdf>
*2 Tsujimura, M. (ed.), Aoki, K., & Sato, T. Yasai no bitamin to mineraru — Sanchi, saibaihou, seibun kara mita yasai no ima to korekara (Vitamins and Minerals of Vegetables — The Present and Future of Vegetables from the Perspectives of Production Area, Cultivation Method, and Nutrients.)Tokyo: Kagawa Nutrition University Publishing Division. 2003.

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