Be a Happy Eater…

Imagine all the energy and effort put into the growing and distribution of food, which is why not wasting food is so important.  

Food miles is not the only issue to look at, it’s the total footprint of the food. Bananas, despite being grown in the Caribbean, and shipped to the UK, have a very small carbon footprint, compared to English tomatoes, grown out of season in heated greenhouses.  Tinned pineapples probably have a lower footprint than fresh ones flown in. The book ‘How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything’ by Mike Berners-Lee, Profile Books, London 2010, is well worth referring to.

Isle of Wight Cherries

Support local growers and farmers and those businesses that sell their produce. Try and buy at least some of your monthly shopping from them.

Reducing our consumption of beef and dairy and eating more fruit and vegetables, pulses and beans would cut greenhouse gases, despite schoolboy jokes implying the opposite…

We are not entering the debate about ‘fresh’ verses ‘frozen’ – both have positive and negative points. The important thing is not to waste food and to use left-overs.

Try growing some of your own food, choose potatoes as these usually are fairly successful. Runner beans are expensive to buy and this is also a good one to try. (

Build or buy a composter, these can be made out of old pallets. This avoids buying compost and disposing of food waste such as peelings or garden waste such as weeds.

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