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In the UK our food travels 20 billion miles per year - that's the same distance as travelling to the moon and back over 40,000 times!! All this means a lot of carbon dioxide is released into our atmosphere. But you can help!

 

In total, the UK produces 19 million tonnes of carbon dixoide - that has a massive effect on the environment and wildlife. This is only a part of the big picture in food production, from pesticide use, to packaging, there are lots of things that lead to carbon dioxide release, but food miles is a good place to start.


Everybody can do a little something to help by:

1. Buying locally - not only does this support local business and farmers, it reduces the miles the food has to travel to your plate

2. Buying in season - food in season tastes SO much better, and buying food when it's in season reduces the amount of carbon dioxide that is released producing that food

3. Growing your own - it's fun and you know exactly where your food has come from!

If you want lots of handy tips and great advice on growing your very own vegetables, take a look at this brilliant blog. Have fun!

 

That leads to our competition!

 

 We asked you to write in and tell us about something that you've grown in your garden this year! 


Well done to all the entries, we loved hearing how much you enjoy growing your own veggies.

 

Big congratulations to Seth Campbell, aged 3, who impressed us with his commitment to growing peas! You can take a look at Seth's homegrown veggies here


We hope lots of you feel inspired to start growing food in your own gardens - it's fun, tasty and so satisfying!