As a company that really promotes sustainability and supporting the community, we thought it would be great to take a look at how we can be more green, and more resourceful when buying food.
One of the best ways of ensuring a lowered carbon footprint is to buy seasonal produce, grown and cultivated in the UK. Here are some of the reasons why buying local, and buying seasonal can not only reap benefits for the environment, but also for the individual:
British food travels far less from farm to shop than most imported foods, which means you're cutting out a big portion of the transportation journey and reducing energy and impact on the environment.
Local, seasonal foods tend to be fresher, tastier and full of nutrients. Eating the foods that are seasonal will give your body the elements that it needs at that particular time of the year. Unlike some meats from other countries, British meat tends not to have any growth-promoting hormones and is produced to some of the highest welfare standards in the world. You will also have the assurance of knowing what you are eating. Britain has some of the most robust food assurance and traceability systems in the world.
Supporting the Economy
Supporting the local economy is incredibly important. You’ll be able to do your part in supporting the farmer, those who work in food processing, the local shopkeeper and the pubs and restaurants selling the food. In recent years, there’s been a real push in supporting our farmers, and now since food transport is so easy, we need to think about the farming communities closer to home.
The variety of food that the UK produces is amazing, each season has something different and delicious to try, with a million different recipes for each one. From root vegetables to ripe delicious fruit, as a country we’re hardly lacking in diversity! If you’re looking for something new and different to try, we have compiled our favorite recipes in one place!
Purple sprouting broccoli
Pork spare ribs
Lettuce and salad leaves