Eating for the Planet - Sustainable Food Trust
by Masha Nosova
Fortunately, in the past few years, our heads have begun to turn away from diet culture and the obsessive focus on weight loss diverting our attention towards establishing a healthy mindset and relationship with food to improve our overall wellbeing. In the wake of the recent COP26, it can be quite challenging to know how to adopt sustainable eating habits that are easily implementable in everyday life whilst promoting the preservation of the environment.
At HydroGrow, we are committed to making quality food and delicious produce easily accessible to everyone whilst striving towards a sustainable relationship with food. The need for social enterprises to be involved in the agriculture industry is critical, which is why we have curated 3 easy steps to help you in your sustainable eating journey!
Buying Locally Sourced Food
Not only is it important that food is produced in a way that protects the world and its environment but buying locally sourced produce helps in reducing the environmental impact of food miles.
Food miles are essentially how far your food has travelled to reach your kitchen from where it has been grown. Food miles continue to have a dire effect on the planet, with the transportation of a global food supply chain burning up fossil fuels and subsequently contributing to global warming. It is estimated that food miles completed by HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicles) within the UK account for 19 million tonnes of carbon dioxide produced annually. Eating locally grown foods not only benefits you as a consumer but also helps support the local economy and of course, promotes a safer and more sustainable food supply.
Sustainable eating is tastier and filled with more nutrients. Locally grown crops, for example, are picked at peak ripeness, compared to produce that is harvested early to be packed and shipped off to supermarkets. Proximity is key to eating sustainably, so a good place to look for sustainably sourced produce is at your local farmers market. Dispersed throughout London, there are now 20 Farmers’ Markets operated by LFM (the official organisation of London Farmers' Markets), all selling a huge range of fresh and organic produce.
Buying at farmer’s markets is also a cheaper alternative to big supermarket chains. Our personal favourite has been South London’s Borough Market; you might bump into one of our team members picking up a loaf of freshly baked sourdough bread on a Saturday!
Prioritising Plants and Organic Foods
More importantly, our food’s environmental impact largely comes from its production. Traditional farming and agricultural systems account for a vast use of our planets natural resources, with the meat and dairy industries being responsible for almost 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Something we can all do to mitigate the negative effects of food production on our health and the health of our planet is shifting towards a plant-based diet. Many people speculate that plant-based meals are tasteless or boring, but using freshly grown garnishes and organic seasoning can create mouthwatering meals and satisfy any taste buds. High quality freshly grown produce like parsley or basil can have your plant-based meals bursting with flavour and nutrition. There really is no impact that’s too small - not only can you help secure a healthier lifestyle, eating plant-based can help ensure that we see healthier soil, cleaner water and a smaller carbon footprint.
Interested in starting a plant-based diet? Discover delicious vegan dishes in our very own recipe e-book, 'Fresh & Healthy Eats' here!
Get Creative and Grow Your Own!
This just might be our personal favourite and something that we deeply believe in - growing your own. Whether it's fruit, vegetables or herb garnishes, growing your own fresh produce is cost-effective and a tasty solution to many issues relating to your health, finances and our environment. The health benefits of eating homegrown produce are immeasurable. Not only can you be confident that what you consume is free from all chemicals and pesticides, but you can also ensure you cut down on plastic waste and make eating sustainably and maintaining a healthy diet much more affordable. There is now no need to have land in the suburbs or abandon your city lifestyle to ensure you have access to freshly grown plants every single day.
At HydroGrow, we have developed The Halo to specifically solve this problem. Growing fresh and delicious produce straight from your kitchen has never been easier! With the innovative technology of hydroponics, The Halo lets you grow fresh herbs all throughout the year directly from your kitchen.