Sustainable food

Overview

Sustainability also includes how and what we eat. There are many ideas that we can use to implement a more sustainable lifestyle, and with research we can ensure that our eating habits and food choices are sustainable options, meaning that what we eat has little impact on the planet.

There are some great projects happening already – take a look at how Todmorden are making local food available for everyone to just pick themselves http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk

There’s a lot of literature on what is sustainable and what isn’t, so it’s worth looking at the articles and videos below that explore those ideas a little more. Many make the point that a vegetarian diet has a lower carbon footprint than meat. But if you’re worried about your protein intake, a food source increasing in popularity is insects! See some of the videos below for more information.

Articles

http://www.greeneatz.com/foods-carbon-footprint.html

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/21/giving-up-beef-reduce-carbon-footprint-more-than-cars

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25795-going-vegetarian-halves-co2-emissions-from-your-food/

http://www.worldwatch.org/node/549

https://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/labcoat-life/why_should_we_eat_insects

http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/articles/?category=what-to-eat

You can also explore sustainable agriculture and local food initiatives such as guerrilla gardening, or check out project dirt,  or the incredible edible project. Here is an article on how wildflowers in crops can reduce the need for pesticides.

Videos

Story ideas

Focus: Foody stories are increasingly popular from the TV series ‘Delicious’ to films such as ‘The 100 foot journey’. Growing your own is popular at the moment – maybe write a story set in an allotment. Perhaps a story about an entrepreneur trying to set up an insect based restaurant, trying to convince people that insect-based food is healthy and delicious. They already exist – see https://www.bugsolutely.com/insect_restaurants/ Or take a look at a true story – see http://www.sciencefocus.com/article/nature/interview-grub-kitchen-insect-restaurant-wales 

In background of story: You could show different consumption habits and food growing/eating practices in the background of any story you like. For example when shopping, there might be no packaging and everyone takes their own cup to the coffee shop, and their own containers to refill with various products. Such places already exist e.g. https://www.thehampshirerefillery.co.uk/, or they may stop for a bug burger. Perhaps just the pet food is plant based or insect based. Or promote the idea of seasonal food – asparagus in season grown locally for example is tenth of the carbon footprint of asparagus flown in out of season. Can you fit this naturally in the background of your story? Your main character could be vegan (and engaging rather that irritatingly preachy!) Then you could lyrically describe him/her cooking delicious plant-based meals.

A new Michelin green star is available to highlight restaurants that serve quality and sustainable food, so for a romantic date in your book, perhaps they could seek out a restaurant with a Michelin green star.