Climate Week – Day 3

We are now midway through Climate week, I hope that you are enjoying our tips and maybe even using them? Today’s tip is all about food, the best places to buy it, the best type to buy, growing your own food and what to do with any waste.

The most efficient way to reduce your carbon footprint with food is by producing your own. Obviously I don’t mean putting a farm in your back garden, but if you have the space why not grow your own fruit and vegetables? By growing your own fruit and vegetables you will save hundreds of pounds each year as you will have a constant supply in your back garden. Not only that, they will probably taste better as they’ll be really fresh!

You will not only save money from not having to purchase them from the shops, but also save on travel expenses! You will no longer have to go to the shops to get your carrots or potatoes as they are within close proximitey.

However, if you do not have the space for a vegetable patch then the next best thing would be to buy from a local producer. Again, you will benefit from fresher and tastier food, but it will also help the environment as there will have been less travel for the food. If your local shop is getting it’s vegetables from the local farm, the lorry carrying the goods will be travelling less distance, therefore emitting less CO2.

What about if your kids don’t eat there food? Don’t throw it away, especially if you have your own vegetable patch! Put it into a bin to make a compost to put on the patch. This will enhance the growth and reduce your waste, preventing it from going into a landfill to rot away. Decomposing food is another factor of global warming because when it is decomposing it is emitting gases, which all adds up to damaging the Ozone layer!

Follow these simple steps and you will be living more energy efficiently, whilst making yourself a bit healthier by growing fresh vegetables and getting your 5 a day! It is also a great way to get the kids to eat their greens. If you get them involved in the planting of the veg they are more likely to want to eat it as they grew it.Vegetables

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