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Where does our food come from?

Food in your local supermarket comes from countries all over the world – many of which are thousands of miles away. Ireland does not have the right climate to grow some foods (e.g. bananas, tea, coffee, mangoes) and so these need to be imported if we want to buy them.

Some crops and food products that could be grown and manufactured in Ireland are grown and/or produced overseas and then imported. This is done if it is cheaper or the quality is better.

Ireland exports some foods (milk, cheese, chicken, lamb), but it also imports similar foods (cheese, chicken, lamb) produced by other countries.

Do you know what food miles are?

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