Food printing Oxford: How to feed a City

21 January 2013

Report by Low Carbon Oxford with foreword by Professor Charles Godfray. This study was commissioned by Oxford City Council on behalf of Low Carbon Oxford.

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There is no better way for us to reconnect with food and the environment than to see what’s happening locally. FoodPrinting Oxford is a great project that enables us to explore in detail what we eat and where it comes from, how much land, water and energy is required in its production, and what greenhouse gas emissions are involved. The numbers are fascinating, but perhaps more importantly the project explores what we might do to reduce our food footprint. The results are remarkably clear and consistent – the single most important thing we can do is to change our diets: reduce our inputs of meat and dairy. This would have health as well as environmental benefits. Reducing food waste and excessive packaging also score highly.