“From how we power our kitchen to the choices we make about the food we eat, we can all make small differences that can go a long way to positively impact our planet”.
When you throw away food you are not just wasting the food, but also the resources such as energy, fuel, time and water that went into growing, harvesting, storing, transporting and cooking the food. Then it produces methane if buried in landfill sites. Methane and other gases are not good for the planet! Each of us contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change. Yet, there are many things each of us, as individuals, can do to reduce our carbon emissions. The choices we make in our homes, our travel, the food we eat, and what we buy and throw away all influence our carbon footprint and can help ensure a stable climate for future generations.
How to cut the carbon in your kitchen:
• Eat more vegetables. Sources of protein like grains, pulses and nuts, have a carbon footprint three times smaller than meat products. If you do like to eat meat, use it sparingly rather than the main ingredient.
• Minimise waste. Try to buy little and often to avoid wastage. Compost what you can. According to the Energy Saving Trust, wasted food is a big contributor to carbon dioxide emissions.
• Be energy efficient in food preparation and storage. The kitchen accounts for around a third of the average household’s electricity consumption. Typically the slow cooker is most energy efficient method of cooking, followed by electric steamer, microwave and then gas or electric hob. Of course, many fruit and vegetables need no cooking at all!
•Eat locally & seasonally. Choose seasonal food that hasn’t travelled miles to get to your plate. The best way to source your fruit and veg is grown your own, if possible.
If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road.
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