To find the supermarket´s shelves filled all year-round is so good. It´s a feature of the developed world, but it also has a huge environmental footprint, like the fast-fashion industry. A study at Nature Food says that one-third of the fruit and vegetables imported cames from climate-vulnerable countries. It has been an increase in this trend, mostly by tropical fruit.
According to the author, it might have an impact on food security in low-income households, keeping prices high. Nonetheless, it´s fair to admit that “It would be quite a puzzle to find the right strategy,” and it will be more after leaving the UK.
«With the UK leaving the EU, there is certainly a risk that a proportion of the trade agreements currently in place with (often climate-resilient) EU countries could be replaced by contracts with African, Asian or Latin American countries, typically facing higher climate vulnerability».
Apart from that, others try to find the solution with clear label information. MyEmisions has a calculator which will tell how much Co2 emissions are associate to a certain food. One of its founders says: «About 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from food production and consumption»; tropical fruit has a huge impact due to its production, transport and water consumption. So, food emissions are something to think about in the way towards carbon-neutral.
This stoy was first published at The Vegan Review, to read in full click here