Local Food and Transportation

July 15, 2020

Do you know how many kilometers your meals travel before it arrives at your table? According to the University of Toronto, an average Canadian meal travels at least 2,500 km in total before reaching its final destination. For reference, that’s the same distance from Toronto to Cuba, and halfway from Toronto to London, England! 

Eating local discourages CO2 emissions that come from imported deliveries and extra vehicle transportation. A typical Canadian passenger car emits about 206 grams of CO2 gas per kilometer traveled. 

“If you want to visualize those 206 grams of climate pollution, picture tossing 400 straws out the window, every kilometer.”. (Source)

We understand that cars and delivery services are vital parts of the economy, but sometimes choosing to purchase foods that you know for sure are close to your home can make all the difference as the numbers begin to pile up.

2,500 km would amount to 1,135 lbs of CO2 per meal – that’s equivalent to the weight of 1 grizzly bear PER meal! As professional NHL Chef Any Muto says, it’s time to start thinking local! That means, buying seasonal vegetables and fruits rather than exotic options on the shelf, and actively questioning if you know exactly where your products were made and delivered from. 

By ordering with us at NIKU Farms, we remain transparent about our farms and partners and ensure that everything is sourced as locally as possible. Depending on the number of people in your household, if you order a large box, you would be able to cut back on delivery numbers and keep enough meat for you and your family in the freezer for a while. Why not start today and begin customizing your first NIKU Farms box now!