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Climate change occurs when changes in Earth’s climate system result in new weather patterns that last for at least a few decades. Climate Change is affecting the food and water availability which affect restaurants and their carbon footprint. Carbon footprint the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that a living being, person or organisation produces. Restaurants are now forced to enter a greener more sustainable footprint for the environment. How are restaurants going greener? How Food miles are affecting the environment? Affects food wastage and recycling have?
Due to climate change the seasonality is being effected weather conditions such as droughts, too much rain, hail storms and thunderstorms all have an impact on the farmers and their crops.
The food supply is highly exposed to disruption from extreme weather changes causing certain foods to grow differently. Intense frequently hot days causing droughts and extreme fires weather, effecting the crops, water supply, animal’s safety the air. Average rainfall is dropping and droughts are set to increase.
Food prices increased by twice the rate with fresh fruit and vegetables increasing by 43% and 33%.Restraunts are charging more for foods causing customers to not buy them off the menu causing food wastage. Livestock numbers are dropping which will effect meat prices and the taste of meat. Many restaurants have a meatless Monday to help reduce the daily intake of meat eaten in a restaurant and create a more environmental sustainable restaurant. Study’s showed that ” In addition to the environmental benefits, consuming less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, helps to curb obesity, and improves the nutritional quality of your diet” and Since 2003, Meatless Monday has become a global movement.
It’s now active in 36 countries and is continuing to grow, doing things like meatless Mondays, and buying from local farmers are helping to create more sustainable restaurant.
The way in food is being transported to restaurants is affecting the carbon footprint. Food travelling for a long period of time is causing pollution and is getting gases to transfer on to our food causing certain foods to bruise and provide a sour taste. Local farmer markets are increasingly helping to encourage people to buy fresh and local foods. Locally-produced food may not always be better for the environment. For example, some foods do not grow easily in certain climates and need either a heated greenhouses or a cooler climate forcing foods to adapt a new growth plan causing the foods to go off easily, bruise , develop a sour or off taste. This means the food produced locally may have a larger carbon footprint. Many people are concerned about the environmental impact of transporting over great distances because it creates pollution and isn’t environmentally sustainable.
Food waste is increasing around the world. Restaurants waste over $8 billion dollars of food every year. It is estimated that 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted around the world. Australian food businesses are responsible for one quarter of waste and more than half of it’s perfectly edible. Meanwhile, 1 in 7 people across the world don’t have enough to eat. Restaurants are actively reducing portions sizes, changes to the menu, having compost / scrap bins, encourage your guests to take uneaten food home and have reusable containers on hand for them to do so. Restaurants are being advised to have recipe cards so that chefs can use the exact amount of ingredients and won’t have any wastage while preparing the food, it also advised to have daily check ins on how much waste they use.
For over many years recycling has been a rising issues with over 200,000 plastic bags get dumped in Australian landfills every hour. Over 8 million tonnes of plastics are disposed of in oceans every year affecting marine life. Improper rubbish removal can have some serious impact on the environment. Purchasing reusable tableware, such as cups, cutlery, glasses, napkins, etc. instead of plastic or disposable equipment, as well as replacing bottled water with filtered water.
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