The food we eat is a major source of the carbon emissions we create. Whether it is grapes from Chile or garlic from China, it takes a lot of energy and emissions to get a foreign product to our kitchens in Edmonton. Many Edmontonians are recognizing that food and urban agriculture are an important opportunity to decrease emissions and to increase sustainability and quality of life in their communities.
fresh: Edmonton's Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy imagines how new approaches to food and urban agriculture can make Edmonton an even better place to live, work, play and invest.
Here are some tips from the Green Living Guide:
- Visit farmers markets
- Substitute imports with local products
- Grow your own food
- Buy organic
- Plan more, waste less
- Eat less meat
- Buy products with less packaging
- Preserve your bounty: can, dry, freeze or press your produce
- Keep bees and hens
For more details on these and other tips, check out the Food and Agriculture section of the Green Living Guide.