Sustainable food

Overview

Sustainability also includes how and what we eat. There are many idea’s 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 are a lot of ideas and 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’. Perhaps you could write a story about an entrepreneur trying to set up an insect based restaurant, and trying to convince people that insect-based food can be healthy and delicious. In fact you can take a look at a true story – see http://www.sciencefocus.com/article/nature/interview-grub-kitchen-insect-restaurant-wales 

In background of story: Or you could just 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 has to take their own containers to refill with various products, or their own cup to the coffee shop, or they may stop for a bug burger.