Fresh food grown the way nature intended, is good for you and the environment. Take time today to think about where your food has come from including farming, food processing, packaging and food miles. Choose farmed fresh & unprocessed foods, which have ideally been grown locally and ethically sourced.

Food choices have a big impact on our carbon footprint. The production, packaging and transportation of food all result in greenhouse gas emissions. 

For the majority of people, their food choices are the single biggest contributor to their personal carbon footprint. Find out how big an impact your food choices have in your own ecological footprint. Assess your Ecological Footprint online. Learn more about food and carbon footprints here

Why think about food?

Here are some statistics from the Australian Conservation Foundation's Consumption Atlas on how sustainable our consumption behaviours are:

  • Food is the biggest contributor to personal greenhouse gases (28.2%), well ahead of electricity (12.8%) and transport (9.0%).  Electricity and transport are the biggest contributors to workplace greenhouse gases.
  • Food amounts to over 48% of all items consumed by St Lucia residents
  • Up to 1/3 of food is thrown away
  • Simple, unprocessed foods generally require the least amount to water and energy to produce.  They are also the healthiest!
  • Agriculture occupies 62% of Australia's land mass

Ask yourself these 5 quick questions next time you are purchasing food...

  1. Is this food organic and has it been harvested sustainably?
  2. Is my food well travelled?
  3. Has this food been processed?
  4. What sort of package does this food come in?
  5. Has this product come from an animal?

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About UQ Sustainability Week 2021

Sustainability Week is an opportunity for the UQ community to celebrate and promote sustainability across UQ's campuses and sites. From August 16-20, a range of activities and events are hosted across all areas of the University, including markets, workshops, crafts and DIY, film screenings, specialist presentations, tree plantings, bird watching and garden tours, solar tours, forums and panel discussions, competitions and challenges to inspire sustainable behaviours.

Join us for the fun, check out the full program! Stay up to date by liking UQ Sustainability on Facebook or following us on Instagram

Important update: Based on the recent Covid restrictions, this year's Sustainability Week will be entirely online. Those events that cannot be transitioned to an online format will be postponed. Keep an eye on our social media channels, and our website for updates! (last updated Wednesday 25 August).