SEASONALITY/SUSTAINA BLE INGREDIENTS National 5 Hospitality
Sustainability How to encourage sustainability Definition Sustainability explores the ways of providing resources (e. g. food) in a long lasting manner that will have less impact on the environment. Use local seasonally available ingredients. Purchase organic foods Reduce amount of meat consumed (farming contributes to pollution) Eat only sustainable fish Choose fair trade. Avoid bottled water.
Food Miles Definition The term food miles means the distance food travels from the production stage through to reaching the consumer. The more food miles a product covers the greater impact on the environment and the more pollution it will cause. So the carbon footprint will be greater. How to reduce Food Miles Check origin of food on the food label. Support local farmers and producers. Buy organic Buy seasonal produce in bulk and freeze. Grow your own produce. Recycle food waste
Seasonality Definition § The easiest way to enjoy food at its best is to buy food that is in season. That is food that is naturally suited to be grown/ harvested at different times of the year. Benefits of seasonal food. Eating food in season reduces the energy needed to grow and transport food. Seasonal food is more likely to be local keeping the cost down. This supports the local community and reduces the carbon footprint on the environment. Seasonal food is fresher and therefore tends to be full of flavour and taste. Seasonal food has a higher nutritional content due to the freshness of the food.
Benefits of Local Produce Definition Local produce comes from local farms or businesses and produce can be bought from farm shops or markets. Much easier to access so less need to use the car. Benefits of buying locally. Supporting local farmers creates a sustainable business. Money goes back into the community and helps create more jobs and opportunity. Buying local produce has a beneficial effect on the environment- reducing the food miles and therefore carbon footprint.