If you assumed most food comes from within your own country, then you might be surprised at the hypothetical food supply chains in the graphic, below. I know I was.
So…what is this graphic showing?
“This graphic indicates the complexity of hypothetical global supply chains that could lead from tropical forests to a food product purchased in Austria” (The Little Book of Deforestation Drivers, 2013).
In other words, the graphic displays how your purchase of a fast food hamburger and fries is causing deforestation — hypothetically.
THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG DEFORESTATION DRIVERS: 24 CATALYSTS TO REDUCE TROPICAL DEFORESTATION FROM ‘FOREST RISK COMMODITIES’
Over the last decade the demand for agricultural products for food, feed and fuel and the production of globally traded forest risk commodities (palm oil, beef, soya, and timber) have been responsible for driving over 50% of tropical deforestation, which has major impacts on climate change, the provision of ecosystem services, and the sustainability of long term economic development.
The Little Book of Big Deforestation Drivers, launched at COP 19 on the 18th November 2013, outlines the global context to the drivers of deforestation, provides a detailed overview of the most critical forest risk commodity supply chains, and presents a clear and realistic framework of 24 regulatory, market and supply chain catalysts that can act to reduce deforestation caused by these commodities.
What do you think of this graphic, both in terms of design and content? Do you ensure your food is locally supplied? If not, will you now change your habits and source your food locally? In other words, will reading this graphic cause you to change your food buying habits?
[All quotes and the graphic above via: GlobalCanopy.org.]