| ¡ Ice broken by Foodmileage
In 1994, an English consumer activist, Tim Lange proposed an idea of gFoodmilesh. He spotlighted the distance taken by food from the place of harvest to dining table, and then made it a campaign to consume food which is harvested in the nearest possible places. In Japan, referring to this campaign, a definition of Foodmileage [ (t/km = <the amount of food imported from applicable country> ~@<the distance from the applicable country to Japan(km)>] was newly made, becoming an index to evaluate imported food. In the column, gMy view pointh in Asahi Shinbum in 2001, gFoodmileage---to achieve recyclable society with Local production, Local consumptionh was introduced by Mr. Shinohara, chairman of Policy Research Institute Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (then). One of the comments to it was, gwhat matters more is imported timber. We would like to know the total transportation distance of timber used to build a househ. Upon this, Mr. Fujiwara, Forest Products Research Institute (then), delivered a report, gWoodmiles (total transportation distance and utilization of local timber)h in a journal, showing a possibility of Woodmiles to offer indexes which clarify the characteristics of timber trading and the merits of utilization on local timber.