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15. Does your household buy locally grown food when possible?

It is nice to eat exotic food occasionally, but in general it doesn't make sense to produce extra emissions by importing food or transporting it across the country. This Victorian food miles report contains some astonishing figures.

When you buy locally produced in-season produce, you not only avoid those "food miles", you also help local producers stay in business. Since peak oil will make food transportation increasingly expensive, locally grown food is likely to remain the most affordable.

16. Does your household grow some of your own fruit and veg?

The production of any commercially grown food involves many mechanized processes that produce carbon emissions. Depending on the food item, there might be ploughing, fertilizing, planting, spraying, picking, sorting, washing, and packing. Plastic and Styrofoam might be manufactured to package it. At the supermarket, it might be refrigerated. All the above emissions are avoided if we grow our own food!

17. Does your household grow most or all of your own fruit and veg?

There are two questions here on growing your own fruit and veg because this is perhaps the single best thing you can do to help our climate. Even growing just a little of your own in a few balcony pots is worth doing. Growing more is even better, particularly if you also consider the climate science predictions of future food shortages. The Sustainable Gardening Australia website is an excellent source of information for new gardeners. The growing guides here are not for Australian conditions, but do contain a lot of useful information. Or, if you don't have a yard at home (or even if you do), why not look for a community garden near you and learn from experienced local gardeners.


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