The food that we consume uses a significant amount of natural resources and has worldwide social, environmental and economic impacts.
Some of these impacts are listed below:
- Areas of natural habitat have been cleared to make way for agriculture.
- Thousands of fruit and vegetables and heritage farm breeds of animals are becoming extinct.
- Transportation of food and food products from around Australia and the world consumes large quantities of fuel and energy and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.
- Long distance transport reduces the nutritional value of the foods. Preservatives are also more likely to be used.
- The impacts on the environment due to packaging and processing processes (such as pollution and waste generated in the manufacture, processing and disposal).
- The use of chemicals such as pesticides and fertilisers due to broad scale farming activities has impacts on our waterways and on our ecological systems.
- Imported food can come from countries with inadequate environmental and health standards and few regulations to protect the workers and the quality of the food produced.
- A significant amount of the food that is produced is never eaten and ends up in landfill or is wasted while many people in Australia and around the world go hungry.
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Want to find out more?
- Sydney Food Fairness Alliance
- Food Fairness Illawarra
- Organic Growers of Australia
- Organics Australia
- Love food Hate Waste
- North Wollongong Permaculture Garden
- Grow local Illawarra Edible Garden Guide