The Carbon Footprint Of Food
The carbon footprint of food is the greenhouse gas emissions produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the food we eat. Throughout any food’s lifecycle different greenhouse gases may be emitted, such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, each with a greater or lesser ability to trap heat in the atmosphere. Carbon emissions from food account for as much as a quarter of all human carbon emissions. If the effect of deforestation to make space for farmland is included, food contributes over 30% to our individual carbon footprint. In the UK just under half of our food carbon footprint comes from producing food, about 25% from processing, 20% from transport and 10% from packaging. We can achieve big reductions in our personal carbon footprint by changing our diet, while helping to reduce pollution, preserve the environment and slow global warming. Many of these changes will also save money, improve our health and even keep us fit! Click for more information and ten tips on how to reduce the carbon emissions associated with your diet.
Too Many Beans? Fancy swapping or selling some of your surplus produce or simply buying very fresh local veg? The Growers’ Market started some years ago as a stall selling home grown produce during the growing season (May – October). It is located on the Wynd on the SECOND Saturday of the month from 9am to 1pm. We are hoping the stall timing will align with the volunteer sessions and a children’s gardening club at the Wynd community garden, which the team will be helping to facilitate.
In addition to fruit and veg, the Grower’s Market stall also accepts home produced eggs, jams, chutney and honey. Seedlings are also welcome and we accept home baking if it contains a home grown ingredient. Please wrap any offerings (in greaseproof paper or in recycled plastic boxes) and provide a list of ingredients. If you don’t see anything you’d like on the stall you can take a voucher for future use.
Letchworth has hundreds of apple trees and in a bid to use as much of the fruit as possible TTL has run apple pressing days in Autumn for the last few years. Everyone is invited to bring apples they’ve picked from their garden or from wild trees and get involved in scratting, pressing and bottling. We advise attendees to bring some clean bottles to take juice home in. Some have even been known to bring kegs to fill for cider-making! Kids big and small enjoy this one and the juice is like nothing you’ve ever bought from a shop. Keep an eye on our calendar for this year’s dates.
Woolgrove Allotment Project
TTL’s new project is a family learning allotment. NHDC have kindly donated the use of an allotment on the Woolgrove site which is intended as a learning space for families who live on the estate to come together to learn how to grow vegetables and fruit on their own raised bed. Tuition will be given weekly by TTL volunteers. LGCHF have granted us money to buy a shed and other essentials.
LOG (Letchworth and district Organic Gardeners)
TTL was involved in forming the local group of Garden Organic. This group now runs independently of TTL with a membership fee of £3 a year. For this you will get all the benefits that go with Garden Organic membership. TTL can put you in touch with the group co-ordinator. LOG is a support and social group for people growing their own produce. It meets most months for talks, visits to places of interest or social meetings at members houses , to swap ideas, seeds and share a cup of tea and a slice of cake. The members of LOG are of mixed age and ability – anyone with an interest in growing food is welcome, whether you’re a beginner or an old hand.
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