According to Harriet Lamb, our purchases are “giving some of the poorest people in some of the poorest countries in the world a chance to earn a decent living.”
..... some argue that fair miles, not food miles, should be the criterion by which consumers judge the contents of their shopping trolleys. Specifically, fresh fruit and vegetables from sub-Saharan Africa, on which Britons spend more than a million pounds a day, should be considered more carefully.“Many products which come to us from Africa are giving some of the poorest people in some of the poorest countries in the world a chance to earn a decent living,” said Harriet Lamb, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation, an independent certification body that guarantees poor producers in the developing world a fair price for their goods….
Have a read of the full story from the excellent article written by Craig Mackintosh from PRI
Food Miles, or ‘Fair Miles’