WinACC food action promotes locally grown food and reduced food waste within the Winchester District in order to reduce the district’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The Action Group, Incredible Edible, encourages people to grow their own food, buy locally and compost wasted food. Although people growing their own food will not have a great impact of the carbon footprint of the district, it raises awareness about more sustainable foods, food in season and reducing food waste.

Events

There are no forthcoming events in this category at present. Please see the all events page for more.

News

In its first six weeks of operation, the Community Cafe in Winchester has served 456 meals using food that would otherwise have gone to landfill, thrown away by local suppliers but still within 'sell by' date.

Winter is a great time to get the veggie and fruit patch ready for the food growing season ahead. Incredible Edible Winchester shares top tips on what to do.

Winchester City Council has been asked to play a more active role in ‘sustainable’ food at a specially convened meeting of local organisations.

Winchester City Council are holding a conference to explore ways in which the Council can do more in the area of sustainable food on the 12th October.

September is such a wonderful time of year if you grow your own vegetables but sometimes the plenty turns to glut! If you are luck enough to have too many tomatoes, try making homemade soup - so much nicer than anything that comes out of a tin! (photo from commons wikimedia)

Autumn Seasonal Tips by Jim Morgan

Foraging for seasonal food is a great way to keep your carbon footprint down

This year the focus is on food waste. Why? Because it affects everybody. Find out more about the activities, podcast and campaign here 

Here is a brief summary of why the focus is on food waste this year...

We ALL throw food away!

Less meat, less junk, more plants. 

This WinACC report about transporting fresh food shows that eating seasonal food is better than buying local food, but it is not quite a simple as we would like!

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Every year in the UK we throw away £12 billion worth of food which could have been eaten.

Eat seasonal - see what's good in Hampshire this month.

Food and our carbon footprint

Local food sources

If you are interested in food and climate change. See our poster.

More information about climate friendly foods, transporting food, healthy eating, buying from producers, and lots of other ways to make food greener.

What we eat, how it is produced and where it comes from, can have a huge impact on the environment. Indeed, about one-sixth of the UK’s carbon footprint is food-related.

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Incredible Edible (Food Action) Winchester promotes local food growing, buying local seasonal food and reducing food waste. These are our aims:

1. Raising awareness of the carbon footprint of food
2. Encouraging people to think about where food comes from and promoting locally sourced, seasonal food.
3. Raising awareness about the environmental damage of wasted food and way people can reduce their waste at home.

We welcome new members - experts and enthusiasts alike. You can get involved in regular planting and maintenance, helping communities to set up and grow their own food or talking to individual and groups about food waste and buying seasonal foods. Contact us on food@WinACC.org.uk

Food & drink

Permaculture magazine has teamed up with Permaculture People to produce nine short films exploring successful permaculture projects across a range of topics, such as large-scale, regenerative agriculture, forest gardening, urban permaculture and natural building.

Shop local, eat well - it's a simply enough idea, but one we risk losing sight of in our modern supermarket culture. While flying in produce from all corners of the globe might give us more choice on our table, what we gain in variety we all too often lose in qualify and flavour - not to mention the harm we do to the environment in the process.

Presentation from a workshop with tips about reducing food waste and getting the most out of the food we buy. 

In August 2014, Horizon on BBC2 broadcast two excellent programmes on eating meat, covering both the health and climate implications. The two programmes are (Sept 2014) archived at:

In August 2014, Horizon on BBC2 broadcast two excellent programmes on eating meat, covering both the health and climate implications. The two programmes are (Sept 2014) archived at:

WinACC loves this delightful short film on drinking tap water

Lots of material on low carbon faming including case studies and films on the  Soil Association website

Action packs on:

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family's farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key.

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