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Guide to Net Zero Food & Sustainable Food Shopping

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Net Zero Food: How to make your food shopping sustainable.

In an era marked by environmental concerns and calls for action against climate change, it's becoming increasingly clear that our food choices play a significant role in shaping the future of our planet. Net Zero Food is a concept aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of our food consumption and making our food shopping more sustainable. Food production accounts for around 34% of global greenhouse emissions and has major impacts on land use, water resources, and our health.  From deforestation and land degradation to intensive agriculture and food waste, the environmental impacts of our food choices are vast and far-reaching. As a consumer it can sometimes be difficult to know what the right thing to do is. Should we all be eating entirely plant based diets? How do you know if that tuna really is dolphin friendly? Does going green in the UK mean living on cabbages and swede year round?

Understanding Net Zero Food

At its core, net zero food refers to the idea of balancing the emissions produced by food production and consumption with measures to offset or mitigate those emissions. This involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the food supply chain, from farm to fork, and implementing practices that promote environmental sustainability and resilience. This can take various forms from regenerative farming techniques where beef cattle are fed entirely on herbal lays and carbon is laid down in the soils to ensuring that the food retail system operates in a way that doesn't create food waste.

Why Net Zero Food Matters

The food system is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for around 34% of global emissions. By adopting net zero food principles, we can help reduce our carbon footprint and mitigate the effects of climate change on our planet.

Embracing Net Zero Food for a Sustainable Future

As individuals, we have the power to make a real difference through our food choices. By embracing the principles of net zero food and making sustainable shopping habits part of our daily lives, we can contribute to a more resilient and regenerative food system for future generations.

Net zero food offers a pathway towards a more sustainable and resilient food future. By making conscious choices about what we eat and how we shop, we can reduce our carbon footprint, support local communities, and protect the planet for generations to come. Let's commit to making our food shopping more sustainable and embrace the power of net zero food for a brighter, greener future.

4 Ways To Make Your Food Shop More Sustainable


  1. 1: Buy Local and Seasonal: Opting for locally grown and seasonal produce can significantly reduce the emissions associated with food transportation and storage. Food grown without the need for additional inputs such as irrigation, light and heat have a much lower impact. The best way to know where your food is coming from is to buy from a local company you can trust, and choose to eat seasonal produce where possible.

  3. 2: Minimise Food Waste: Food waste is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Plan meals carefully, store food properly, and use leftovers creatively to minimise waste. Composting organic waste can also help reduce methane emissions from landfills. Many local coucnils now collect food waste from households or there are great composters on the market.

  5. 3: Support Sustainable Agriculture: Know where you food is coming from and how it was produced. Traceability and transparency on food production can be really difficult when you are buying from large companies dealing with complex supply chains. By buying locally from businesses you can trustis the best way of knowing how your food has been produced. Certification schemes such as rainforest alliance, fairtrade or labeling such as organic can also help you understand how sustainable your food choices are.

  7. 4: Reduce Packaging Waste: Choose products with minimal packaging or opt for eco-friendly packaging options such as recyclable or compostable materials. When buying food gifts choose suppliers that minimise packaging, use plastic free alternatives, and support sustainable producers.


You can get the taste of Cornwall for yourself by getting a fresh food delivery to your door. By getting your fresh food delivered from Cornish Food Box Company, you're getting it straight from the source, guaranteeing freshness and quality as well as supporting local fishermen, farmers, and a whole community of food producers and contributing to the livelihoods of our rural communities.

With our online ordering and nationwide delivery options, getting your food delivered is convenient and hassle-free, allowing you to enjoy the best of food produced in Cornwall whilst supporting a more sustainable food system that's good for farmers, animal welfare, your health and the environment.


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