Climate Emergency

Climate Emergency & food

Food growing, production, processing, packaging and transportation are all activities which can generate significant greenhouse gases, from the fossil fuel based artificial fertilisers on which conventional agriculture depends, to the vast ‘food miles’ that food travels both within the UK and beyond.

The impacts of climate change are already affecting food production in the UK – new pests, extreme weather and flooding, leading to more soil erosion. Farmers and growers have to adapt quickly to the changing climate.

A move to more sustainable, locally based food system, a core aim for Food Exeter, is one of the ways in which we can make a huge difference at the local level, to all climate change issues – reduce carbon emissions, increase resilience for food producers and consumers and help adaptation happen as quickly as possible.

South Devon’s Bioregional Learning Centre has published a report of their exploration of how working towards climate resilience is changing food growing, retailing and more.

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