What we choose to eat not only affects our health but it also has a huge impact on the environment.
Positive changes to your shopping list will not only improve your diet but will help improve water quality, increase the numbers of insects, birds and other wildlife, and cut down on carbon emissions. Although some of these suggestions might cost a little bit more, it’s worth remembering that nowadays we spend less of our income on food and also throw more of it away!
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Here are some ways you can help;
Can you grow your own?
From window boxes to a small patch in your garden, make the most of your space. Could you start a wildlife friendly vegetable patch at work, or school or maybe set up a community growing project or orchard?
Buy certified food products
Look out for certified foods produce such as Marine Stewardship Council seafood and Soil Association organic products
Buy locally sourced, seasonal food
The less miles food has traveled the better for the environment and your wallet.
Buy organic food whenever possible
Organic means less pesticides get into the natural environment and onto your plate.
Support farmers’ markets
Support local, organic producers and farmers’ markets near you, help the economy and nature.
Try meat-free Mondays
Or even a meat free week! Better yet, try going vegetarian or vegan for a month or longer.
Buy less and bin less
UK food waste is high; weekly food plans and shopping lists can help you buy less, which means wasted food, and less packaging being binned.
Compost your kitchen waste
Kitchen waste that is composted can become food for your garden and helps support wildlife (or your vegetables).