Food Miles

Where does our food come from and how far does it travel to get to our plates?

In this learning activity from Shelburne Farms' Sustainable Schools Project, students will consider the sources of our food, and the distance the food travels to reach our plates. Working in groups, students will trace the steps that a meal, either sourced locally or non-locally, took to reach the plate.  Students will compile data  and calculate the miles each meal traveled.  The lesson concludes with an energizing activity where students expend their own energy to demonstrate how far each meal has traveled from farm to plate.

This lesson is based in Burlington, VT.  Download the MS Word version of the clue cards to adapt to your location if desired.

This lesson is based on la esson developed by Alice Froehlich of Zenger Farm, Portland, OR.  

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