In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, more of our food needs to be from local sources. The best way, says enthusiastic gardener Hazel Dawe, is by growing our own vegetables and fruit in our own gardens and allotments. Since the UK is responsible for over 12% of global greenhouse gas emissions, not the 2% the Government claims, it is essential that we produce more of our food for ourselves (1).
Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party says: "Even very busy people can grow herbs in pots around their home. With a bit more time and planning, raised beds in the garden which will not need digging can be used to produce a lot of vegetables through the year.
Organic compost can be bought, but kitchen and garden waste can fill a compost bin steadily to create compost for the household too. I have a wormery. Essentially, this is a big layered container full of worms eating their way through a combination of vegetable peelings, cardboard and a special feed to keep them healthy. This produces high quality potting compost and a liquid feed."
"Food miles are a climate change issue. If we all produce more of our own food, we save money and we help cut emissions arising from the transport of food. Supporting farmers' markets, which must sell goods produced within a 30 mile radius, is another useful step."
1. Christian Aid have produced a report adding aviation, marine and British global companies emissions to the Government's preferred 2% figure. See Christian Aid Coming Clean: revealing the UK's true carbon footprint (Christian Aid, February 2007).