By Lara Louise Bevan-Shiraz
Sustainable gastronomy is an integral part of the interlinked system we must rapidly create if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Sustainable Gastronomy Day, which is celebrated annually on the 18th of June, was created to promote agricultural development, food security, nutrition, sustainable food production and better food choices, which in so doing vitally aids the conservation of biodiversity.
DID YOU KNOW…?
- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that one-third of the world’s food is lost or wasted.
- The FAO also estimates that if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, after the United States and China.
- Your choices can make a difference!
- Avoiding meat and dairy reduces your carbon footprint by nearly 3/4, according to a study by Oxford University.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A CHANGE:
- Start by committing to Plastic Free July!
- Buy only what you need at zero waste stores, by taking your own containers.
- Be creative with what you already have, use your leftovers and compost food scraps.
- Support sustainable agricultural production and development: opt for fresh, seasonal, locally grown, organic vegetables and fruit.
- Drink more water, from the tap if this is safe in your country, and refill your re-usable water bottle where you can.
- Slow cook at home when you have time, and prepare and eat raw fresh foods when you don’t. This saves a lot of packaging vs. deliveries and hasty food options.
- Share, care and make a positive impact!
Hope you are inspired to make a change in your food and beverage habits this year! Please comment with more tips and to let us know how you get on!