The transport of products, particularly by air, makes a significant contribution to climate change. The impact is even higher for products that need to be refrigerated from the point they are produced to when they reach the consumer.
However, buying locally produced food does not always mean a lower carbon footprint! For example, growing food locally in a heated greenhouse because it is not suited to the UK climate or season can be very carbon intensive.
Eating food that is both seasonal and local wherever possible can reduce your carbon footprint considerably. This is not only good news for the climate: through buying locally produced food you can also support our food economy. Foods that are in season can even taste better too!
Find out more in this article from Eco and Beyond.
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With the supermarkets always full of produce from all over the world, it can be hard to stay on top of what is in season and has been grown locally or in the UK.
To find out what’s in season visit eatseasonably.co.uk
Explore Cambridge Sustainable Food’s directory of local businesses, with many offering seasonal and local food.
Growing your own
Reduce food miles through growing your own. Garden Organic provide advice on how to get started.
Find your local community food growing project or allotment through Cambridge Sustainable Food.