Climate Change and Budget Eating

As COP26 is currently on, tackling the climate crisis is at the forefront of our minds. When it comes to food, we can all make small changes to the way we shop, cook and eat our food that can have a small impact on the planet. Because these small impacts can happen every day, there can be a significant accumulation of those benefits.

What’s more, some of those changes can save us money and improve our food experience. They can also improve our health - here’s a few examples…

Food waste

Reducing food waste can help save money. Every time we avoid food going into the bin we have made our money go further. We are also helping to make all the resources that are used to produce that food go further. Even a small amount of planning what we buy can help us reduce the food we waste.

Eat more plants

Meat and animal products are generally more resource intensive than plant foods. That’s not to say you need to exclude all animal foods. Most of us however could benefit from increasing the amount of plant foods in our diets, and a plant-rich diet is generally better for our health as well as the environment. It can also be better for our food budget too.

Sustainable fish

Buying fish with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) logo can help protect the health of the oceans which are vital to the health of the planet. It doesn’t have to cost more either, there are ways to continue to have fish on the menu without paying more to be more sustainable in your choices.

Shop in different places

Diversifying where we shop can help our food systems and provide opportunities to buy more environmentally sustainable products. Making more use of local markets, veg boxes and farm shops is one example. They can give us more local and seasonal produce often benefiting from better quality or wider choice than can be provided in supermarkets and reduced packaging. It can sometimes be cheaper too. Connecting with producers and knowing where our food has come from can have a positive impact on our enjoyment of our food.

Involvement in the bigger picture

Our choices can ultimately shift retailers to ‘up their game’ to give us what we want and expect from them. Buying the products with less packaging results in more products with less packaging. Buying more plant based products results in a wider choice of plant based products. Opting for seasonal products can help to increase the variety of seasonal produce available. Demand creates supply.

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If you want to make changes and save some money in the process there are some tips on reducing food waste, eating fish and meat sustainably, menu planning and eating more plants in Eating Well on a Budget.

For the month of November there is a special price for this ebook - use ‘COP26’ as the voucher code, and get a 30% discount.

Laura is a Registered Nutritionist based in Edinburgh. She was recently awarded ‘Freelance Nutritionist of the Year’ by the Caroline Walker Trust. Her specialities are in evidence-based nutrition writing; workplace wellness and nutrition communications.

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