From growing crops to processing, transporting, selling, storing and throwing away food – everything we eat has an impact on the environment and the climate.
In the UK, agriculture is responsible for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions, 83% of ammonia air pollution, and 16% of water pollution. More intensive forms of farming are the leading cause of harm to UK farmland wildlife.
Fairtrade is trading between companies in developed countries and producers in developing countries. Fair prices are paid to the producers, and companies are able to provide workers with a stable income that can improve their lives.
From choosing to buy strawberries out of season, to buying fair trade food, joining a community gardening project, or campaigning against the overuse of plastic in food packaging, we all make regular ethical decisions about food. These choices are ethical because they involve values – principles, or reasons, for regarding practices as right or wrong
The Vegetarian Society says: Eating a vegetarian diet is one of the best things you can do to stop climate change – it’s also delicious and loads of fun! You can decide for yourself, but if it’s something you’ve been thinking about, have a look at their website.