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Eat seasonal or more sustainably-produced fruits & vegetables

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Eating sustainably-produced food

Eating seasonal produce can lessen your impact on the environment through reduced transport emissions. However, this is only one part of the picture. The method of production and transport also impacts greenhouse gas emissions attributed to a foodstuff, so checking food before purchase can help you reduce your environmental footprint when it comes to buying fruit and veg.

The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) recommends people follow these general guidelines when choosing produce:

  • Reduce out of season produce grown in heated glasshouses.
  • Reduce highly perishable & air-freighted out of season produce.
  • Reduce pre-prepared foods.
  • Get familiar with your country's seasonal fruit and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables that are grown outside during their natural season and consumed in the same country typically have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions associated with them and are considered more environmentally friendly.

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References

To find what your country's seasonal fruit and vegetables are, check out EUFIC's seasonality map online for European countries, and look at our Educational Resources Instagram highlights.

More information:

  1. EUFIC Seasonality Map, at https://www.eufic.org
  2. Are seasonal fruit and vegetables better for the environment? At https://www.eufic.org
  3. UK seasonal produce, TooGoodToGo Instagram page.
  4. Search 'Seasonal food (your country)' on the internet for countries outside of Europe.