Climate change and eating seasonally
In our commitment to tackling the climate emergency, it can often feel overwhelming to think about where to begin.
The great thing is that you can start as small as you need to. Tiny actions can amount to big changes – and trying to live a more sustainable life can have a big impact on our planet.
One practical way to start your journey to sustainability is to eat seasonally. There are many benefits to eating seasonally, particularly when buying from local and organic shops where you can access locally produced items.
Food and produce are one of the largest areas which we regularly shop for. But did you know that out of season food can travel over 1,000 miles before it even reaches your plate?
Buying more seasonal food, often which is locally sourced, reduces your food miles all while supporting local farmers and producers. Research even shows that food which travels less is more nutrient rich, providing greater freshness, flavour and health benefits.
As we begin to say goodbye to summer and welcome the first signs of autumn, we can all take a moment to think about what’s in season this September and consider how we can make small changes in our diets to include this.
Hearty vegetables like savoy cabbages, mushrooms, cauliflower and swede – all which are harvested at this time of year - can make delicious meals like stews, perfect for the changing seasons. The average UK diet doesn’t include enough vegetables, therefore starting to incorporate more seasonal veg in your diet can go a long way to supporting your overall health and wellbeing.
This month, why not make a pledge to eat seasonally for a day a week? And remember if you have too much veg stocked up in your fridge, you can create a one pot soup to prevent food going to waste.
Next month is Organic September - an annual campaign led by the Soil Association to raise awareness of the benefits of organic food and farming including supporting biodiversity and wildlife, as well as promoting food which has been grown without the use of man-made fertilisers and pesticides.
We’ll be sharing more about that on Wigan Council’s social media throughout September.
Posted on Thursday 2nd September 2021