Did you know that the food we choose to eat has a massive effect on climate change?
As world leaders gather in Glasgow for the UN climate change conference (COP26), eyes will be on their commitments to take action.
But as Food Lovers, there’s easy things we can do at home to eat in a way that’s better for the planet, whilst still serving up delicious and nutritious grub.
Our friends at The Community Farm have given us their top tips to help
Feed mouths not bins
Who knew chutneys could help us out of this pickle?! Well, 8% of all global greenhouse gas emissions come from food waste, so preserving and serving what we have (rather than growing, transporting and packaging more) can make a big difference. Think pickles, jams, chutneys. Get creative. And don’t forget your freezer!
Let’s talk dirt
Most veg doesn’t need packaging to stay fresh. Keep your root veggies muddy and they’ll last for longer. Leafy greens may wilt quickly but they’re also one of the easiest things to grow in pots at home. When they do make it to the fridge, stand them in water and they won’t flop over. If you do get packaging, re-use or recycle.
Local food needs less transportation and packaging to make it from the field to your front door. It also tends to be fresher which means it will last longer and taste better. Explore the wonders of farmers markets, greengrocers and veg box schemes.
Less and better
Meat has a big impact and lots of us are trying to cut down. But not all meat is created equal. If you do eat meat, buy local and pasture-fed. It also helps to eat smaller portions. If you’re using mince, try mixing in lentils or beans and a little can go a long way.
Nature knows best
Non-organic farming uses chemicals which disrupt natural processes vital for keeping our climate cool. Plus, they release greenhouse gases when they’re produced and when they break down. Trust nature and go organic! If everyone did across Europe, agricultural emissions could drop by up to 50%.
Box not bag
Buy a veg box and you’ll get local food, plenty of veg, minimal packaging and a system that helps farmers minimise food waste. They’re usually organic. (We are). Plus you’ll be supporting a small, local business that really does care. (We really do.)
Shout all about it
Pass on your pickles; share stories of better meat; serve up home-grown goodies. The more people thinking about food that’s good for the planet, the better. Food Lovers, you are the trend setters!
Spread the word!
Start by tagging us in your tips on Instagram @thecommunityfarm and we’ll repost them during COP26.
The Community Farm delivers climate-friendly food, direct to your door. Our veg boxes are local, seasonal and organic and we work hard to minimise packaging and food waste. Find out more at thecommunityfarm.co.uk