Written by Sarah
How To Cut The Environmental Impact Of Your Food
Climate change is real, and we all know we’ve got to take steps to reduce our impact on the planet. Something that’s been a hot topic in the news over the past few years is our diet, but what should we be doing to reduce the environmental impact of our food. Growing crops, processing, transporting, selling, storing and throwing away food all impact the environment and climate, so we’ve rounded up the best ways to start reducing your impact below…
Eat less & better meat
You don’t have to become a vegan to save the planet, it’s about eating less meat and better quality. 14.5% of global climate changing gases come from the meat and dairy production, so when you’re buying meat and dairy choose the ones that are produced in low-intensity systems. Look for local, organic produce, the Pasture For Life or RSPCA assured logo on meat, Pasture Produce label on milk products and MSC or ASC on fish.
Cut down on your waste
About a third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste, so it’s really important that we try and reduce our food waste. You can easily cut dow on waste by planning your meals, using leftovers in new recipes, composting and recycling your food waste or even sharing leftovers with your neighbours – there are lots of apps out there to help you do this (e.g. OLIO).
A lot of the food we buy in supermarkets has been shipped all over the world, and this can drastically increase the environmental impact of fruit and vegetables. So try and eat seasonally, look for fruit and vegetables grown in the UK. As well as supporting local farmers, produce always tastes better when it’s in season. If you find this difficult, maybe sign up to a veg box subscription such as Abel & Cole who will deliver local, seasonal food that’s free from pesticides to your door.
These are just a few of the ways you can cut the environmental impact of your food, if you want to find out more check out the Friends Of The Earth website.
Check out some of our other tips for reducing your carbon footprint here.