Positive solutions to peak oil and climate change

Farming and growing shapes our landscape, affects wildlife and has a huge impact on climate change.

Every time we buy food, or grow our own we make choices, about our health, carbon emissions, oil use, landscape character and natural ecosystems.

Choices

There are no black and white choices to be made when it comes to food.
Personal tastes, income, access to food, culture and upbringing are all factors that influence what food we buy and where we buy it. But there are some key principles to ensure you make food choices that are good for you, your bank account and the planet.
Local and seasonal

Buying food produced close to where you live decreases food miles, ensures you eat seasonally, supports the local economy, secures the livelihoods of local farmers and related jobs.
The power of buying local cannot be underestimated and on Scilly we are fortunate in having farmers, growers and fisherman offering high quality food all the year round. Eating seasonally-available food ensures we don't demand unnecessary imported food, such as strawberries in December or asparagus in August, each with massive environmental costs.
Organic

Organic farming and growing helps improve soil health and enhances wildlife whilst avoiding man-made pesticides, artificial fertilisers and genetic modification.
Unless you know the farmer and grower who produced your food and how they produced it, organic is the best choice for you and the planet. But do make sure you check exactly where it comes from.

Look out for symbols like these that certify organic products: Graphic of ecological logos
Wholefoods

Unprocessed, or minimally-processed food is collectively known as wholefoods, which encompasses dried grains, pulses, nuts, seeds and fruits as well as all fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy produce.
These foods are much better for your health because they retain more nutrients, encourage home cooking and don't contain processing additives.
Fairtrade

Food like bananas, tea, coffee, cocoa and sugar are major imported staple goods that have become associated with poor pay and conditions for workers in the countries they are grown.
Fairtrade ensures that farmers and workers lives are improved through better pay, conditions and social welfare. It won't cost you much more, but make a huge difference to the people that produce the goods you buy.

Look out for the Fairtrade symbol on products.

Graphic of Fairtrade logo
Grow your own

There's nothing more satisfying than eating food that you've produced yourself.
Whether you have a window box, garden or allotment, there are a huge range of fruit and vegetables that you can grow easily and cheaply. The process of gardening is also good for the mind and body.
Meat and dairy

In Western society people tend to eat a lot of meat and dairy products, causing many health problems and making a major contribution to climate change.
Eating less, but high quality meat and dairy products would bring about improvements to human heath, raise animal welfare and help reduce the effects of climate change.