The Challenge

Food production plays a significant role in climate change, contributing to 30% of all carbon emissions. Shockingly, 34% of the food grown or imported in the UK goes to waste.

In a vicious cycle, climate change also impacts global food security. Extreme weather like heatwaves and floods affect the production of food crops. This disruption drives up prices and contributes to refugee crises due to famine.

Our planet’s soils are degrading. Approximately 24 billion tons of fertile soil disappear every year. The use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides is harming plants and animals. These chemicals also run off into rivers and seas, killing off aquatic life.

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Our Future Vision

We enjoy a fairer and more sustainable food system where everyone has the right to quality food and land to cultivate it.

By adopting regenerative farming practices, our soils are rejuvenated. They are capable of storing significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. We’ve moved away from using harmful pesticides, herbicides, and nitrogen fertilizers. Our fields and rivers are once again teeming with life.

Totnes has become known for its diverse and delightful local produce. Our schools and hospitals mostly serve local food. Children learn how to grow their favourite fruit and veg in their school’s kitchen garden. We share recipes and preserve excess food during abundant times. Together, we’ve cultivated a positive change in our food culture.

How we can all make a difference

Individuals

  • Buy local, seasonal and organic where possible. Support a local vegetable box scheme to get delicious local vegetables delivered.
  • Eat less meat and fish and buy from local and sustainable sources.
  • Enjoy growing some of your own vegetables, at home, on an allotment or by joining a community growing group.

Community

  • Advocate for our local schools and businesses to buy more local food.
  • Fill parks and public spaces with fruit and nut trees, which can give a high yield for very little work.
  • Support local farmers and the expansion of farmers markets and local veg box schemes.

Society

  • Support a land use/food and farming strategy that puts the climate emergency at its heart, such as those created by the Land Workers Alliance, SUSTAIN and the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission.
  • Encourage re-wilding and ecological restoration schemes.
  • Support farmers as they transition to more regenerative farming methods.

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