In Europe, food is the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions after transport. Emissions can be generated while the food is grown (methane emissions from livestock for example, heating greenhouses to grow foods out of season) but also when it is distributed, with hundreds of tonnes of fresh foods being air-freighted to supermarkets every day.
Additionally, intensive farming using pesticides damages the long-term health of our soil and contributes to chemicals in our natural environment and food chains.
Actions to take
What we’ve been doing
The Transition Town Lewes Food Group set up the weekly Lewes Friday Food Market to support local food growers and producers, and encourage seasonal eating. In addition, TTL puts on talks, films and events trying to encourage all sections of the community to think about the food they eat, how it’s grown, and where it comes from.
Founded by TTL and now run as an independent community interest company, the Lewes Friday Food Market is held every Friday morning in the Market Tower in the heart of Lewes. It features a wealth of local food growers, bakers, fishmongers, butchers, cheesemakers, bakers and lots more – all carefully selected for their local provenance and focus on sustainability.
Daphne Lambert of Green Cuisine Trust, a local food charity, has written a number of articles for us about eating sustainably:
Other useful TTL articles on food
Grow your own
TTL steering group member Jon Gunson has written a range of Grow Your Own articles here