The project will consider the advantages and disadvantages of consuming locally produced fruit and vegetables as opposed to fruit and vegetables produced overseas. It will seek to achieve this by considering a range of relevant factors: greenhouse emissions, local employment, consumer perception of relevant attributes, nutritional quality of produce and community characteristics relating to local food cultures.

Environmental work will consider total contribution of greenhouse gases from production and transport of vegetables from farms in UK, Spain and Uganda. This will be measured both with standard flux boxes and a novel remote sensing technique. Life Cycle Analysis will be used to collate all relevant information from this work. Nutritional quality of fresh produce will be compared with those stored in chilled and modified atmospheres. Consumer perceptions of fruit and vegetables and the relative importance of attributes such as health benefits and place of origin will be assessed by Discrete Choice Modelling. Community and social issues will be explored in case study areas, with particular attention being paid to the sociological importance of local food cultures.

A case study of the Isle of Anglesey will seek to bring all these data together in a Geographical Information System in order to assess the overall impacts of switching from existing land uses to a landscape aimed at maximising vegetable production.



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How much carbon for an apple? : the carbon footprint of fruit production

Author: L. Mila i Canals Date: 06 July 2009 Other output

Biopesticides : the way ahead

Author: D. Chandler Date: 06 July 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Assessment of environmental, community & nutritional impacts of consuming fruit and vegetables produced locally and overseas

Author: G. Edwards-Jones Date: 01 July 2009 Conference paper/presentation

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Full research report

Author: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 13 August 2008 Full research report

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Non-technical summary

Author: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 13 August 2008 Research summary

Should concumers be allowed to make their own food choices?

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Identifying and managing emissions from farms and food chains

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Food miles or food minutes : the sustainability of fresh food chains

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Carbon footprints in the vegy patch : problems and opportunities

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Counting carbon in horticultural enterprises

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Practical lessons from counting carbon in sheep and horticultural enterprises

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Scientific and commercial challenges in carbon accounting

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Practical lessons from counting carbon in sheep and horticultural enterprises

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Comparative advantages of growing vegetables at home and overseas

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Carbon footprinting in farming

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Food, climate change, globalisation

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Putting horticultural emissions in a wider context

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Are food miles a valid indicator for sustainable food : environmental impacts and social ethics?

Creator: Katharina Plassmann Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

The future for sustainable food

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Sustainability of supply chains

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Emissions from horticultural supply chains

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Are carbon footprints a good indicator of sustainability?

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Calculating carbon footprints in horticulture and growing media : methods and early insights

Creator: Gareth Edwards-Jones Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

Carbon footprinting - how horticultural emissions fit into the bigger picture

Creator: Katharina Plassmann Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

LCA of imported vs. domestic vegetables in the UK

Creator: Llorenc Mila i Canals Date: 10 July 2008 Presentation/lecture

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Start date
01 December 2004
End date
30 March 2008
Grant holder
Professor Gareth Edwards-Jones
Co-applicants
Grey
Mr Andrew Wilson
Dr Anna Croft
Professor Davey Jones
Professor Alun Tomos
Professor Rhiannon Edwards
Dr C Paisley
Dr Sarah Cowell
Mr Graham Day
Mr Ian Harris
Grant amount
£869,067.13
Grant reference
RES-224-25-0044
Discipline
Interdisciplinary Studies
Grant type