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Climate Friendly Food's Menu Planner
The menu planner is an essential tool to allow people to orientate themselves around the carbon footprint of their food and is an adaptation of the collating work done by Tom Beeston of Eat England. Since this was released a more comprehensive data set CCaLC v2 as been brought out by the University of Manchester and the toolkit will be updated by January 2012 to reflect this.
We have had to made proxy estimations where data was not available. The data quality is detailed on the "CO2ekg footprints at a glance" tab of the excel spreadsheet. We have also opted for organic data where available. This is because we are a pro organic organisation.
- All documents will download as "read only"
- To input data save onto computer.
- Only put data in white cells
- Please note that this carbon toolkit is subject to Climate Friendly Food's disclaimer.
- The toolkit is free of charge and please take five minutes to fill in the evaluation form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to encourage people to eat less refined cereals, meat, dairy and other processed foods. In the report WWF How Low Can We Go? the most effective way to lower carbon footprints of food was to substitute these food groups for UK field grown fruit and vegetables. Therefore we see our key task as supporting the growth of market gardens and field-scale growers to supply our local communities. If done sustainably this will increase biodiversity, increase employment, reduce food miles and give everyone equal access to fresh fruit and vegetables whilst tackling the obesity epidemic.
The issues with climate friendly eating are complex, for example the WWF report found that meat analogues made of soya might have a bad climate impact if it drove more land clearance overseas, as pulses have quite low yields. That said meat and dairy is the main driver of overseas habitat destruction, with us globally destroying 50% of our pristine forest in the last 50 years. Even today a high percentage of amazonian soya is imported into Europe for livestock feed and that is part of the lifecycle of everyday things we eat like a milk chocolate bar or a ham sandwich.
The CFF menu planner is an excellent tool to get communities talking about the climate impact of their diet. Climate Friendly Food can offer these workshops in the North West or we can create bespoke training presentations for you to deliver anywhere that are interactive. For these services we charge our usual rates.
Please note that the toolkits are free but we cannot offer other support services unless we receive payment. We are a not-for-profit social enterprise with charitable aims which is dependent on our trading income and we aim to be independent of grant funding.