Greener Living Better Food Better food Grow your own There can be few greater satisfactions than sitting down to a meal containing fruit and veg grown in your own garden. We support growing your own food because it brings us into contact with nature. Learning about growing fruit and vegetables helps us appreciate the hard work that goes into it and potentially develops a long-term interest in wildlife. Of course it also cuts down on food miles, which reduces pollution and climate-harming greenhouse gases. Provided we don’t add any pesticides and stay away from artificial fertilisers, food grown in our garden or allotment is more natural and healthy too, and reduces the chemicals that are made and spread around the countryside. It enables us to teach our children where food comes from and that everything is sustainable - food waste makes compost which feeds plants which makes more food for us. Composting Of course, if we make our own compost with leftover peelings and garden waste we will be doing the environment a favour by not sending it to landfill. Compost encourages a rich variety of invertebrates into our gardens, which in turn attract birds, small mammals and reptiles such as slow worms and grass snakes. Wiltshire Council subsides the price of food waste composters so that you can reduce your food waste to zero! Food waste composters are similar to traditional compost bins but they are able to take ALL cooked and uncooked food waste including meat, fish, bones, dairy products, vegetables and fruit, as well as garden waste. Designed for a shady position, it is a hot composter and breaks down all food waste quickly. You are left with a great quality compost for your garden! For more information, including the current price, please visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/reducing-your-waste-and-composting Buy locally If you can’t grow your own, you might consider buying local produce at Farmers Markets. We also support the Wiltshire Fairtrade Coalition, which promotes the purchase of Fairtrade products. Find out more about Fairtrade in the southwest. Waste less Visit Love Food Hate Waste (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) to discover easy practical everyday things to do in the home so that we can all waste less food, helping the environment and saving us money too. If we all stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, it would have the same environmental impact as taking 1 in 5 cars off UK roads.