Eating Better for a Fair Green Healthy Future

Eat SMART pledge – T

7th August 2015

Welcome to our post about the fifth and last letter of the Eat SMART pledge  :

T for Think about where your food comes from

Why Eat SMART?

There are serious problems with the current way we produce and consume food. But by Eating SMART, we can reduce our impact and eat a healthier, planet-friendly diet.

But where do you start?

You may want to make sure that the farmers and workers who produce your food get a fair deal. Fairtrade produce does this with better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.

Think about buying food in season, so it doesn’t have to travel halfway round the world.

Food miles are a way of attempting to measure how far food has travelled before it reaches the consumer. It is a good way of looking at the environmental impact of foods and their ingredients. Here’s a simple Food Miles Calculator you can try.

What Can I Do?

Buy Local! This means supporting local growers. Its much better for the environment growing and buying organic, but what if that organic product has come from, say Chile? That’s a long haul journey for your apples to go! Its better to go down the road (preferably on a bicycle) and buy from your local farmer, or grower.

Have a go at growing your own food  in your garden, a community allotment or maybe just grow a few tasty salad leaves in a window box. You can’t beat picking your own fruit and vegetables for freshness and taste!

Do you think you could inspire others to sign the Eat SMART pledge?