Support and advice
Resources to help you eat sustainably.
Producing, transporting, processing, packaging and disposing of the food we eat emits greenhouse gases and contributes to our personal carbon footprint. The global food system can also impact on the environment in other ways, through biodiversity loss, soil degradation, pollution, water depletion and deforestation. Moreover, our food choices can affect the livelihoods of farmers and local communities as well as animal welfare.
What you can do
You can make a difference three times a day, by choosing food that is better for people and the environment. Here are some basic guiding principles -
- Choose local, seasonal produce
- Buy food produced to a higher environmental standard, for example, products with organic or LEAF Marque certification
- Eat less meat and dairy produced to higher welfare and environmental standards. Try experimenting with more vegetables, fruits, grains, and pulses
- Purchase fairly traded products
- Cut down on the amount of heavily processed food in your shopping basket
- Reduce your waste from packaging by using re-usable cups, bags, water bottles and food containers and by buying in bulk
- Don’t waste food
- Shop at a wide range of outlets
- Avoid bottled water
- Sustain, the Alliance for Better Food and Farming has practical advice for anyone interested in buying and using more sustainable food, including their Seven Principles of Healthy and Sustainable Food.
- The Love Food Hate Waste campaign has tips to help you waste less food and save money.
- Looking to buy higher welfare meat and sustainable fish? Check out Compassion in World Farming’s Compassionate Food Guide and the Marine Stewardship Council’s Good Fish Guide.
- Find out what you can do as a resident or visitor to Edinburgh
- Confused about labeling? Handy guides can be found here and here. Read a critical review of common food labels here.