Tips - Consumer
Sustainable and fair Eating Habits!
The Think.Eat.Save campaign would like to share with its readers some of the tips on how to eat sustainably in order to help ensure that everybody has enough food always.
How? By taking up actions such as eating seasonal, organic, and sustainable foods; supporting small-scale farmers in developing countries; eating less meat and dairy; reducing food waste, and saving energy in the kitchen.
“By eating seasonally we can reduce the distance that food travels by almost 40%” (CERES Fair Food, 2013)
Eat seasonally? Well, we waste lots of energy trying to grow food in the wrong place, at the wrong time of year. Seasonal fruit and vegetables don’t use as much energy to reach our plate, which in turn helps reduce the amount of fossil fuels burned to feed us. This helps limit greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change, which is threatening small-scale food producers across the world.
In a nutshell, a smaller foodprint is good for farmers, which is good for feeding the world.
Some inspiration for eating seasonally……
How about starting simple, popping your meal in a jam jar so that it’s convenient, seasonal and upcycling all at once!
But what about the price issue? Surely seasonal food is not just for those with deep pockets?
Check out the top five reasons to visit farmers market, or read about how good it can be to grow your own seasonal produce!
- Preserve farmland and support local farmers
With population growth and pressures to erect more buildings, farms are being increasingly driven away from our cities, which is a problem for transportation and its environmental impact and feeding many more hungry mouths. “Even in the 60s, you could drive 5km up the road to pick your own strawberries,”
- Reduce food miles and environmental impact
- Know and utilise the power of consumer demand and community
Buying locally is not just about how far the food travels (often the smaller the distance the better), but how the food is produced and the way it’s travelled to our plates. People buy, and hence farmers produce what’s demanded, even if it’s out of season or area for them. As the saying goes, “If you eat it, you are a partner in farming.”
- Reconnect with food
Not only can you discover where your food comes, who produces it and how, and the method of transportation that has been used to get it to you, but you learn new foods and a little food history along the way, to say the least.
- Eat fresh, tasty, nutritious food and keep healthy
Check out why industrial farming systems are problematic when it comes to a huge raft of sustainable and fair food criteria discussed in the film, Food Inc.
Bloggers are a great source of inspiration. This article will give you a sense of why three foodie bloggers are passionate about sustainable, seasonal and ethical food.
Another brilliant way to start get the gastronomic juices flowing is by jumping onto Seasonal Sunday Lunch and hosting or attending a lunch made with seasonal produce.
What about getting a seasonal fruit and veggie box? Foodconnect and Fair Food can help you with that.
Seasonal availability of course varies by region, but a few ways you can find out what’s in season in your neck of the woods by visiting the Seasonal Food Guide Australia.