In celebration of British Food Fortnight, we look to Kate Cook, author of Positive Nutrition, to read about her take on British food and sustainability.
Kate Cook’s book not only educates the reader about strategic eating and nutrition but also covers our social responsibility in how we buy food. She encourages people to buy locally sourced, seasonal and organic food from markets.
The below is an extract from her book which goes into more detail about this topic.
Buy seasonally, where you live. Strawberries are only available in early summer in the UK. Really. Otherwise they are imported. Imported fruits and vegetables out of season have a footprint of miles, ultimately not good for our planet; nutrients degrade in transport. We have become very spoiled expecting out-of-season food (strawberries are a June treat in England, for example). What about supporting your own local famers, what effect would this have for us and our health? Further, there is a school of nutritional thought that eating according to the seasons is something we have biochemically evolved to do. Eating more carbohydrates in times of plenty (fresh autumnal fruit), feasting in winter for the relative lean period until March, rounding off with summer’s abundance of fresh green produce, and relying less on cooked food (of course, this is Northern Hemisphere).
Support your local farm, ideally organic. That doesn’t mean some fancy ‘farm shop’ where the food costs a million quid. There are a lot of great resources online if you can’t find anything local. At least make it local to your country.
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