Alongside changing mode of transport, undoubtedly the next most important choice we can make to de-carbonise our footprint is switching to mostly plant-based wholefoods. Pound-for-pound, organic wholefoods deliver more nutrients, trace elements and fibre than refined food, but also, as they require little or no processing and are grown without pesticides or artificial fertilisers, requiring less investment, energy and protect ecosystems. They also favour local varieties that can be re-planted from seed, instead of forcing farmers to buy new, “mule” commercial seeds that do not reproduce, every year.  Traditional farming methods require only that growers apply traditional skills and knowledge to select and set aside the best seeds for re-planting.

“Seed laws that criminalise farmers: resistance and fightback”

 

Strategies to de-carbonise your food shopping, save money and time.

Bulk-buy staple foods

It’s possible to buy pasta, rice, lentils, beans, flour, spices, salt, and all kinds of other staple foods saves money, reduces both, emissions and packaging and can get food delivered to your door.

Buy local, independent

Buying local – especially locally grown – reduces emissions, you can do it on foot or by bus, and it supports local business, creating local jobs, and maintaining the economic resilience of our neighbourhood.

Food co-operatives

Food co-operatives can save money, offer broader range than individual purchasing and allow members to select  delivery or colection from an agreed location. Find your nearest Food Co-op or how to set one up

Veggie box schemes

Ordering a weekly, fortnightly or even monthly organic box provides seasonal fruit and vegetables, locally grown, with a low carbon footprint while supporting the local economy and all delivered to our doors

Community growing

Community allotments are both, a health initiative, to get people out and doing active  exercise in the fresh air, with mental health benefits from socialisng, with the additional bonus of fresh, healthy produce to share

Get an allotment

Quite apart from the fruit and vegetables one can grow on an allotment, the exercise and relaxation they offer makes them excellent value for money, especially for those living in high rise flats.

Regenerative Agriculture

Any definition of Regenerative Agriculture must evolve over time, like the whole living systems that we aim to regenerate. We welcome a global conversation to continue developing and improving it so we can effectively reverse climate change and regenerate the planet.

Hydroponics

The word Hydroponics is Latin; “hydro” meaning water and “ponics” meaning working. The word was coined by Professor William Gericke at the University of California, Berkeley in the late 1930’s. Hydroponics has commonly come to mean “soilless growing”.

 

Acquaponics

Literally speaking, Aquaponics is putting fish to work. It just so happens that the work those fish do (eating and producing waste), is the perfect fertilizer for growing plants. And fish can grow a lot of plants ,when they get to work, and in a very small space too!

 

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