Food & the environment

The food industry has a huge impact on the environment at all stages from the field to the plate. Agriculture currently accounts for around 70% of total water use in the world and conventionally grown food crops require high levels of insect/pesticide sprays which affect the health of wildlife, waterways and soil.

As our tastes and diets have become more varied, the distance our food travels from farm to table has also increased massively. Transporting food long distances uses up dwindling fossil fuels and produces greenhouse gases. Generally, the further food has travelled, the more processed it will be and the less nutrients it will have – fresh really is best!

There are two main issues we encourage you to think about: where is your food coming from, and what happens to it when you’re done with it.

Many households on Waiheke grow their own veges and catch their own seafood which helps to reduce food miles. Most of our food though is still ‘imported’ from overseas: Auckland and much further afield, meaning we are currently reliant on our transport links with Auckland to feed the majority of the population. The Waiheke Resources Trust would like to see a Waiheke community that is more self-sufficient, resilient, and proactive when it comes to the food we eat.

If you want to reduce the environmental impact of the food you eat think about starting a vege garden at home and reducing your household food waste.