The food that we eat has a huge impact on our environment. From production to transport and processing, packaging to distribution and waste, our food choices make up 30 per cent of our environmental footprint.
The City of Canada Bay is working towards raising community awareness of food sustainability issues and enabling access to a sufficient and reliable supply of sustainable and healthy food. The Sustainable Food Strategy outlines Council’s initiatives to educate and engage the community on making sustainable food choices.
Here are four tips for making your food choices more sustainable:
1. Eat local
Grow your own food – come along to one of our gardening workshops to learn how you can grow your own food in your garden or balcony
Join a community garden – Council has four community gardens within the City located in Chiswick, Concord, Concord West and Rhodes
Support the local farmers market – Concord Farmers Market is open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at the Cintra Park carpark
Join a food co-op – get access to healthy, fresh produce that support local and small scale agriculture.
2. Stop wasting food
Australians waste about $10 billion worth of food each year. Find out how to reduce your food waste here.
3. Choose organic and fair trade options
Support sustainable agriculture and choose chemical-free, organic and fair trade options when you can.
4. Avoid meat or be a part-time vegetarian
Cut your carbon and water footprint when you choose a plant-based diet. It takes 1000 litres of water to produce one litre of milk. Farming uses 70 per cent of water available to humans and livestock production is responsible for 14.5 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions.
If you would like to be kept up to date of our workshops, events and campaigns please subscribe to our Sustainable Living e-newsletter. For any further information contact the Sustainability Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9911 6411.