In Scotland, we have year-round access to nutritious, affordable food, produced both at home and imported from around the world. Most of us can name foods that are part of a healthy diet, but which of those foods are also good for environmental health locally and globally?
Although we eat food every day, many of us in Scotland are not aware of where that food came from, how it was grown or harvested, what resources were used in its production or what wastes were produced. Eating food has almost been sidelined to a 'refuelling activity', squeezed into hectic lives. This change in our food culture has been accompanied by increasing pressures on the environment and the systems that help to sustain food production.
This text will explain some of the environmental impacts of our food from its production or harvest through to food wastes. It will also point you towards some general concepts for making sustainable food choices and ideas for exploring these in school.