Food systems such as producing food, transporting it, and storing wasted food and landfills all contribute to climate change. In order to harvest, transport, store, cook, and serve food, the global food industry uses a tremendous amount of energy. This produces many greenhouse gases that negatively impact soils, rivers, oceans, forests, and other natural resources. Meanwhile, climate change generates its own vicious circle of activity, with ecologically fragile countries experiencing the highest levels of food insecurity. As climate change worsens, these fragile countries’ agricultural potential tends to dwindle. However, these countries require food, increasing their reliance on the complicated logistics of food aid.
If almost 3/4th of the population in the UK believes that buying local produce is very important to them – with women believing in this more than men – then consuming sustainable food might not really be a bad idea after all! For the starters, buying local produce – getting it directly from the farm to fridge – is 36% better for the economy in the UK. Not only that, it makes a whopping 30% people in the UK feel patriotic, since buying locally sourced produce is also 35.5% good for the environment around them.