Eat Sustainably

Our food consumption can account for more than 2 tonnes of GHG emissions per person each year. This is because meat and highly processed foods are relatively carbon intensive. Also, more than 50% of our food now comes from abroad as we eat less seasonal and locally produced food.  This means a bigger carbon footprint due to increased ‘food miles’, more intensive processing and increased waste. 

The graphics below show a comparison of the footprint of different foods:

It’s not always easy to change our food habits. For busy people, the weekly supermarket trip is convenient, if not always enjoyable. And the alarming amount of plastic and cardboard packaging that holds most of the foods we buy, and questions about where our food comes from are of increasing concern.

So, to start reducing the environmental impact of your household’s food consumption,  we suggest taking these first steps:

  • Find out what’s in season. The Eat Seasonably calendar helps you discover what fruit and veg to buy whatever the time of year. 
  • Discover where to buy locally grown food by using Big Barn’s local food map.
  • It’s worth calling your independent butcher, fishmonger or grocer to see if they have anything local – it often goes quickly, but they may be able to put some aside for you. 
  • Grow your own! You can join the waiting list for Woodhouse Eaves allotments, or start with a small raised bed or vegetable patch in your back garden.
  • Plan how much food you need. Most farmers’ markets only happen at weekends, and local shops often close early, so be sure to get enough to last the week. 

Contact Us

Please contact us to find out more about how WNZ aims to team up with other local groups to champion local food producers and support residents to eat locally, seasonally and sustainably.
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