To people who know of my love of nature and animals it probably won’t come as a surprise that I have decided to dedicate a section on the blog to the environment and ‘green living’ (find it under ‘Lifestyle’). I have decided to make my first post about eating seasonally as I find it is one of the easiest things to do in order to make the world a more sustainable place. I promise, this post won’t be too long as I am sure that most of you know why it is important to eat seasonally and, when possible, locally.
If you don’t, here are some reasons why:
- Reduce your carbon footprint. By buying less imported produce, you’ll contribute to a more sustainable planet. Even though it might not seem like you’re making a difference, you are. It’s just teeny tiny and almost invisible. If that still doesn’t convince you, remind yourself that it only takes a few more individuals to make a bigger, more noticeable difference. The idea that buying only local food being more sustainable has been put in to question. The reason for this is that some people assume that ‘local’ is always the way to go. Yet, if tomatoes are out of season in the UK, you’re probably better off buying imported ones that are in-season in another country as it’ll mean that less carbon dioxide has been emitted during their production and transport. Scratch local and replace it by seasonal.
“(…) air-transported green beans from Kenya could actually account for the emission of less carbon dioxide than British beans. The latter are grown in fields on which oil-based fertilisers have been sprayed and which are ploughed by tractors that burn diesel.”
- If you decide to buy organic produce that’s in season (from local farmers at markets, for example) you’re less likely to buy anything that has been genetically modified or loaded with pesticides (although, that’s almost inevitable, the pesticides will simply be derived from natural sources).
- Products will be cheaper. I’m sure you have already come across supermarkets selling strawberries in winter for 6 pounds a pack. This is example might seem a bit exaggerated but there are many fruits and veggies that are being sold out of season and are therefore more expensive.
- Last, but not least… taste. If you’re like me and you have one day been crazy enough to buy strawberries in winter you most-likely will have regretted it at the first bite as most fruits and veggies that are out of season taste like, well, nothing.
All this to say that, there’s a really easy app called Seasons you can use to see wether or not certain foods are in-season and whether or not they are local.