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Mitigating Climate Change by Eating Local

Updated: Oct 27, 2020

What’s something that just about everyone can do in Guelph to make a big difference to slowing Climate Change?” It turns out that eating locally and sustainably grown food is very significant: drastically reducing 'food miles' and the associated CO2 from transporting food.

The average item of food has travelled 2,500 km from the farm to plate. As the distance food travels decreases, so does the need for processing and refrigeration to reduce spoilage. ⠀

  • Dramatically reduce food packaging waste - one of the top sources of residential waste in Canada.⠀

  • Local organic farms typically build healthy topsoil and use cover crops – an effective strategy  for capturing carbon from the atmosphere.⠀

  • Local organic farms don’t use synthetic pesticides and fertilizers  made from fossil fuels. Those products need to be manufactured and transported, which uses energy and produces greenhouse gases. ⠀

What is one food item on your grocery list that you could switch to buying from a local and organic source on a regular basis?⠀

Transition Guelph is always here to connect and learn about ways that we can help to increase food security in our community as a whole. We support the important work that terrific local organizations like The Seed Guelph, 10C the Smart Cities Grant Initiative and others are doing to increase accessibility to food in our community.

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