This year, Earth Day is all about celebrating our species – the millions of plants, insects and animals we share this planet with. It shines a light on the co-dependency’s and relationships that make up a remarkable global ecosystem which we are lucky enough to be part of.
Yet this delicate ecosystem is under threat from human activity – the unprecedented global destruction and reduction in plant and wildlife has far reaching consequences that we aren’t fully able to compute or understand at the moment.
With a global population of over 7 billion people, food production is naturally going to be a pretty big part of this story. With a vast number of mouths to feed, it is easy to imagine the extreme demands of our planet from agriculture and farming – there is a relentless demand for food.
In fact, food production is the single biggest impact we have on the planet. It’s responsible for 80% of deforestation, 70% of fresh water use, 30% of greenhouse gases and is the biggest contributor to biodiversity loss and soil erosion.
Remarkably, despite this undeniable impact on the planet, we waste one third of all food produced. This is a shockingly high number. In fact, if food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of CO2 emissions globally, behind the US and China.
Waste is caused at every step of our food chain – from farms, to factories, to supermarkets to households. So what can you do to help?
Grow your own food or use nutrients to increase the soil in the garden to attract Bee's and other insects which can allow you to support the ecosystems around you which can then protect and increase production near you, even if you are in a city. We recommend using the wonderful seedballs, which feature in our Bee Box or can be featured in our home box as a suprise product.
Buy zero waste packaged products like dry pasta which means that it can last for much longer meaning you are less likely to throw away the food.