Food is the source of a surprisingly large share of our carbon footprint, third only to household energy and transport in the average home. And it’s been calculated that about a third of food bought is wasted.
Winchester residents gathered together for Winchester Action on Climate Change’s open meeting last Saturday 7 August to find out what we can do to cut the carbon footprint of our food. As well as wasting less, the meeting tackled a board-game that debated the benefits of eating local foods to cut down transport; eating food in season to cut down on the energy used to heat greenhouses; eating less meat and dairy foods; and buying foods with less packaging.
Oliver Southwick, a student and WinACC volunteer, said, “I throw away a lot of food which is a huge waste; I’m going to aim to not throw away any food in the next year.”
The guest speaker, Milena Buchs, described how she and her partner had set themselves the challenge of eating only food that came from within 30 miles of their home for a month. She said that it was easy to find local meat and to buy vegetables at the farmers’ market, as well as eggs and cheese. The biggest problems were the shortage of local milk and any local grains. Their challenge has been covered in the Daily Echo here.
"The meeting was relaxed, fun and provided a lot of food for thought” said WinACC Co-ordinator Christine Holloway.