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Transition Black Isle
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Updated Feb 17, 2012 8:08 AM
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We’re all now used to watching how much salt and fat we consume in our
diet because we now know about the harmful effects overconsumption can
have on our health, but how many of us consider the health of the planet
when making diet choices? After all, there’s not much point in being fit and
healthy if we destroy the earth in the process. This is where the Highland
Food Challenge comes in, by calling for participants to seek out local
produce and find organic alternatives we hope to reduce harmful greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions created by food production and distribution. Eating
British saves over 150kg a year in GHG emissions whilst not eating meat just
one day per week cuts 180kg a year. By looking for what’s on our doorstep
and eating with the seasons we can re-establish a relationship with our food
that has been sidelined in an era of convenience and overconsumption. This
challenge will be as educational and exciting as it is green.
Following the success of the Fife diet. We are developing our own plan to
encourage people to eat locally.
We’re planning to launch pilot 'Highland Local Food Challenge' on 17th
February (the day after pancake day). We're hoping for a small group of
people to do the pilot '40 day challenge' and help flesh out this project before
its launched for real in April. Attached is the project plan so you can see for
yourself how it will be organised. We're trying to cut carbon dioxide both in
terms of food miles and type of food. Meat can use up to ten times as much
energy to produce as the same amount of calories of vegetables. Some
highland farmland is only really suitable for grass for animals so a mixed diet
may be the most sustainable, but we are generally eating far more than our
The Highland People's Food
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ancestors and maybe the answer lies in a reduced amount of local grass or
silage fed meat although some people feel being completely vegan is the best
way of ensuring a low carbon diet. We're all learning together.
Organic food relies on natural fertilisers and crop rotation rather than carbon
intensive artificial fertilisers and pesticides. It also encourages better soil
retention of organic materials which act as a carbon sink.
Please use the Transition Black Isle forum for sharing information on how to
eat locally. We are trying to bring consumers and producers together and
celebrate local food culture. The tasks the local food challenge requires of its
participants are as below, with feedback about food sources, recipes and
advice being the most important component. 5 'luxuries' of non UK produce,
or set your own target.
Meat free day (weekly)
Eat Highland day (weekly)
Eat organic day (weekly)
Eat UK only (every day)
To work out percentages of your food that is local and organic you can keep a
food diary using this record.
Please fill in our survey before our 40 day trial challenge starts.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FV7W8FW
For more details ring 01463731303 or email mailto:[email protected]
How do I buy local food?
http://www.localfoodadvisor.com/
Highlands and Islands Local Food Network
http://www.blackislefarmshop.moonfruit.com/
Ryefields Farm shop,Tore
Macleod Organics -veg box
Butcher/ delicatessen
Real Food Inverness High School
Transition Town Inverness local food directory
Scotland Food and Drink
The 2 community markets below are also a really good place to buy local food,
often direct from the producer.
Some of the local shops sell a few things such as local eggs and honey and
look out for signs for eggs etc at farms. Let us know more details. We hope to
produce a map of where everything is.
Community Markets
North Kessock Community Market 10-12 on last Saturday of the
month North Kessock Village Hall. to book a table email
[email protected]
Culbokie Community Market
There is also a Community Market at Findon Hall Culbokie in the third Saturday
of the month.
Community markets are a really good way of bringing local food and goods to
local people.
Community Gardens
We have a community garden at Netherton near Culbokie and we are hoping to
develop one near Muir of Ord and others in different parts of the Black Isle to
help teach, encourage and enable people to grow their own food.
Grow North
We hope to set up a program to teach people how to grow food in our climate.
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