One Planet Living Principle: Local and Sustainable Food - Choosing low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste.
It's clear that what we put on our plates has a big impact on the environment. Eating more healthfully and more sustainably go hand-in-hand - sustainable eating practices improve our own health while benefiting the health of the planet.
Why eat local, sustainable food?
- Sustainable food tastes better. Because it is local it doesn't travel as far as conventional produce. This means it is picked closer to its peak ripeness, allowing the flavours to be delicious and intense.
- Sustainable foods are healthier. Produce is grown with fewer and less toxic pesticides and it is unlikely to be genetically modified or irradiated.
- Sustainable meat is raised without antibiotics or hormones and animals are more likely to live in healthier and happier situations and be well treated.
- Sustainable farming is healthier for farmers and workers and produces less waste.
- Sustainable farming supports local economies and local communities.
- Small farms are not as water, fossil fuel and chemical intensive and don't create manure lagoons.
Key information sources
Shopping advice for a sustainable food system
Get your Ethical pocket guide or the free App
Seafood that doesn’t harm our oceans – there's a handy pocket guide and free App
Know where your food comes from
Here's help to navigate the massive environmental and ethical issues that underpin our food system
Join the global movement – make one day a week meat free
The benchmark for free range eggs is 10,000 hens per hectare! Not exactly what we picture when we pay extra for our free-range eggs. So here's a free app, called CluckAR. Simply point your smartphone camera at a carton in the supermarket to get a clear picture of which eggs are from the happiest hens.
Further information and local suppliers can be found in the Sustainability Directory
Home Food Production
- Advice for Home Producers
- Cooking Classes
- Gardening & Producer Groups
- Home Garden Services
- Suppliers to Home Producers
- Wholesale Suppliers
Local Food and Produce
- Advice on Sustainable Eating
- Certified Organic & Biodynamic Produce
- Chemical Free, Free Range & Ethically Grown Produce
- Farmers' and Produce Markets
- Farmgate Sales
- Food Co-operatives
- Retailers - organic, bulk or specialists
- Surplus Food Redistribution