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Shopping local

Shopping local

Recently, I have made the shift to vegetarianism to help reduce the carbon footprint of my food. However, it is often the food miles of what we put in our plate that contribute the most to carbon emissions. Melbourne is full of fresh fruit and vegetable markets as well as local bakeries. Finding and shopping at a local markets - especially if they are accessible by foot, bicycle or other non-polluting means of transport - will not only help to reduce food miles but also encourage me to eat more healthily, buy fruit and veg that are in season, and reduce packaging involved with industrial food processing. Though less convenient than driving to my usual supermarket for a grocery run, shopping locally can make a big environmental difference if we all adopt it as a habit and, who knows, could also bind us closer as neighbourhoods and communities!