Food – making a difference through what we eat

The food we eat has a climate impact. We need to make some changes, and it’s easy to get started. There’s more about why food matters below.

OxToCC invites you to change how you eat. Here’s our suggestions – choose one or two and get started. Record your action – there’s plenty of ideas below

Your first action:

Next steps:
If you’ve already cut down on or cut out eating meat, here’s some more ideas:

  • Cut your food waste! Make shopping lists and stick to them, plan your meals and use leftovers – seeLove Food, Hate Waste for ideas
  • Buy locally-produced food whenever possible. Try shopping at a Farmers’ Market or try a vegetable box scheme
  • Use your food waste recycling container. Check here for more information.
  • Try some non-dairy alternatives: use oat or nut-based milk for a week
  • Encourage your school, college or workplace catering to increase meat-free options or run a meat-free Monday scheme
  • Compost your waste for your garden – Garden Organic has advice on this

Taking it further – or set your own actions and tell us about them!

  • Grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs – it cuts out ‘food miles’, unnecessary packaging and you can avoid pesticides.
  • Put your name down for an allotment or join a community gardening project
  • Sign up to Good Food Oxford’s Charter and find out what else is happening locally
  • Support Fair Trade. The Fairtrade mark is an independent guarantee that local producers are getting a fair deal. This is vitally important as climate change increasingly threatens crops, water supplies and livelihoods. Oxford is a ‘Fair Trade City’.

Why does food matter?

Globally, food production is responsible for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions. It is the most important single threat to biodiversity. Meat production is a special problem. It accounts for 70% of all agricultural land use, occupies 30% of the planet’s land surface and is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gases.

The food we eat in the UK accounts for up to 30% of the country’s ‘carbon footprint’. This means that our daily food choices really do influence our environmental impact. Buying locally can help cut emissions as well as being good for the local economy.

Want to know more? You can join Good Food Oxford, our own food network or Oxford Fairtrade City, a voluntary group that promotes fair trade.

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