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Steps to a Lower Carbon Diet

Odds are that you've put some thought recently into trying to reduce your carbon footprint – either via saving electricity, saving on transportation by getting on the Gautrain or recycling paper. But did you know that even your diet can impact your carbon footprint? Here's how choosing the right foods can make a positive impact on the environment.

5 Steps to a Lower Carbon Diet

  1. Buy Local. Local farmers' markets are the perfect places to purchase local foods. Local foods do not have to travel a long distance on freight, so they're a lower carbon choice than imports. Some grocery store chains now identify the origin of the fresh produce and meat so you can choose. On top of that, nutrient loss happens during transportation, so local produce retains more nutrients than long-distance produce!
  2. Be Mindful of High Carbon Foods. Not all local foods are necessarily low carbon. Meat and dairy, in particular, are considered high carbon foods. Livestock production contributes to 18% of the world's greenhouse gases. Ruminants (cows, sheep, and goats) naturally emit methane, a greenhouse gas 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. You don't need to be a vegan to live an eco-friendly life, but controlling the meat portion sizes will help. To find out about the carbon score of specific foods, visitwww.eatlowcarbon.org.
  3. Use Fewer Packaged Foods. Processing and packaging both require high energy power. Refrigerated and frozen packaged foods require even more energy for chilled transportation.
  4. Make compost and Doggybag All Leftovers. Waste heading to the landfill contributes to potent gasses and of course contribute to more transportation costs. Did you know 40-60% of household waste could be composted? Or why not make your ‘wormery’? Visit www.ecowormfarms.co.za or http://www.wwf.org.za to get tips on these topics.
  5. Go Seasonal and choose less Hot-House Produce. Certain produce thrive in specific weather conditions. Your favourite fruits and vegetables will be much cheaper, tastier and healthier if you enjoy them in season. Hot houses are used to simulate the natural climate of each crop to grow produce in locations, or at times of year, that they otherwise wouldn't grow. Powering a hot-house operation takes lots of energy, which may produce more carbon emissions.

The following list shows when fruits and vegetables are in season in the Southern Hemisphere.

Seasonal fruit & vegetable in South Africa

Spring

September, October, November

Summer

December, January, February

Autumn

March, April, May

Winter

June, July, August

FRUIT

Apples
Avocados
Bananas
Cape gooseberries
(Coconuts)
Dates
Grapefruit
Guavas
Lemons
Naartjies
Nectarines
Oranges
Pawpaws or papaya
Pears
Pineapples
Sweet melon
Strawberries

November:

Apricots
Blackberries
Cherries
Plums
Prunes
Raspberries
Sweet melon
Watermelon

Apricots
Bananas
Blackberries
Cherries
Figs
Grapes
Guavas
Lemons
Litchis
Mangoes
Melon
Mulberries
Nectarines
Pawpaws or papayas
Peaches
Pineapples
Plums
Pomegranates
Prunes
Quinces
Raspberries
Strawberries
Sweet melon
Summer berries
Watermelon

 

Apples
Avocados
Figs
Granadillas
Grapefruit
Grapes
Lemons
Naartjies
Oranges
Pawpaws or Papayas
Pears
Pineapples
Plums
Pomegranates
Quinces
Sweet melon
Watermelon

Apples
Avocados
Dates
Grapefruit
Lemons
Limes
Melon
Naartjies
Oranges
Pawpaws or Papayas
Pears
Pineapples

VEGETABLES

Artichokes
Asparagus
Aubergines or Eggplants
Baby marrows
Brussels sprouts
Kale spinach
Parsnips
Red onions
Rhubarb
Turnips
Watercress

Artichokes
Asparagus
Aubergines or Egg plants
Baby marrows
Chives
Green beans
Patty pans
Radishes
Red onions
Rhubarb

Aubergines or Egg plants
Baby marrows
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Hubbard squash
Parsnips
Radishes
Sweet peppers
Turnips

 

Asparagus
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Fennel
Jerusalem artichokes
Kale spinach
Parsnips
Pumpkin
Radishes
Turnips
Watercress

 

Fruit and vegetables not shown are available throughout the year eg beetroot, lettuce, cucumbers or might be imported eg kiwi fruit.

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