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Food + Farming 
Our choices of  where we buy food and what we eat is creating extra traffic and aeroplane journeys – known as ‘food miles’. Our actions are causing climate change, so eating food grown locally makes sense.
Manufacturing fertilizers uses fossil fuels – a big percentage of all fuel used in the US is for making fertilizers! Organically grown food has less impact on the climate.

Food impacts on the environment at every stage of its life cycle –  how and where it’s grown, how you source it, how it got to you and how you dispose of it. The ultimate answer if you want food that is healthy, from a known source and has no food miles, is to grow your own in your garden or local allotment! For an allotment  contact 'Shrewsbury Town Council Allotments' on 01743 281010  

Buying local food cuts down ‘food miles’, it also helps support a vibrant rural community. There are a number of ways you can take part – most wholefood shops source local fresh produce, box schemes deliver mostly local vegetables and fruit as far as possible (we don’t grow oranges here – yet!)
One way of cutting your food costs is cutting your food waste. It is astounding that in the UK we throw away around 25% of all the food we buy. We throw away 7% of the milk we buy, 36% of bakery goods, and around half of all the lettuce and salads we buy. This is crazy!

Farming
Most people would expect that we grow food to provide us with energy. However, it is a long time since farming in the developed world has produced more energy than it uses. When you add in the manufacture and transport of fertilizers, the ever increasing use of machinery, and the eventual transport of food to retailers, the energy value of the food grown is about a tenth of the energy input. That’s one of the reasons FoE supports organic farming and local food.
Growing organically uses different methods to provide fertility, such as composting and green manures - traditional organic farms use more labour than conventional ones, with less reliance on fossil fuels.

Food for thought
Our contemporary agricultural system produces 1 calorie of food using 10 calories of fossil fuels! Then add transport fuels from the farm to home.
Biodegradable and recyclable insulated packaging boxes  www.woolcool.co.uk
COOKING OIL RECYCLING - all chip fat, etc  can be recycled at Battlefield Household Recycling Centre, and refined into a biofuel. To see how that's done, see www.livingfuels.co.uk

 

 

 

Clun Valley Organics

Produce locally reared organic meat and some veg.

Also offers Educational tours and activities in The Bales classroom
 

Cob Oven Co.

design and build  wood-fired cob ovens and run workshops (at schools too)
 

Organic Farmers & Growers CIC

Carries out the inspection and licensing of organic farming and food producers across the UK.
 

01939 291800