Five ways to a sustainable and resilient food system

1. Buying local produce

Buying local produce reduces food miles (and therefore carbon emissions), cuts down on packaging, and supports local businesses and artisan traders at the same time. For a list of local food producers in and around Chesham, please view the Directory, or visit the Chesham Local Produce Market.

2. Buying organically produced foods where possible

Organic farming helps to secure the wellbeing of our countryside and communities. By avoiding chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers on our farmland we can: increase biodiversity, avoid pollutants entering rivers and water courses, reduce fossil fuel consumption, conserve our living soil, and ensure food security by rejecting corporate food, seed & chemical suppliers.

3. Buying less meat & dairy products

Livestock farming and transport is a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. In addition the high demand for meat, eggs and dairy products in Western supermarkets means that British farmers are either going out of business, or are turning to intensive 'factory' style farming to meet demand at competitively low prices. Cutting the amount of meat and dairy we eat each week would allow us to pay hard-working local farmers fair prices for high quality, sustainable, and locally produced products.

4. Cutting down on processed foods & packaging

Buying processed foods can seem like a practical option when we're short of time, but all that processing uses precious energy before the product has even hit the shelves. Buying raw or whole ingredients is often better for the planet and our health, and we're more able to control the amount of sugar, salt and other additives that go into our meals. In addition, processed foods often need more packaging to keep them fresh and safe to eat.

5. Growing our own food

If space permits, growing our own organic food is one of the best things we can do for our health and environment, as well as being very empowering. It costs very little to start your own fruit and vegetable plot, and the rewards are huge. The smallest garden can be turned into a productive haven, and organic growing also helps to support our native wildlife. Please visit our Allotments and Land and Garden Share pages to learn more about accessing food-growing space in Chesham.

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