By now many of you will heard about the EarthShot prize, if not check out It is a BIG project, it needs to be! I am pleased to see it happening but it does not mean that all our problems will be solved by 2030.
Where do we start?
The big question is ‘how can one person make a difference?’ The answer is to cut personal CO2 emissions as much as possible and then some more.
For the last 30 years I have been growing food in a closed loop garden – no waste ou tand no input of fertilizers or pesticides. Organic food growing has been a major part sustainable food growing in cities, towns, and villages for many years. That is how this web site was born, it was the first organic gardening site in the UK and designed to demonstrate that organics was not some sort of magic but just a more sensible and sustainable way to grow food.
But why concventrate on food? The facts say it all. When the amount of CO2 produced by the production of food and from food waste if food were a country it would rankas the thrird biggest polluter behind China, and the US.
A new way to think about growing food
In the UK many put their gardens to bed for winter and that is when the ‘season’ is seen to end. There may be some brassicas left ready for Christmas but o the whole we still tend to think of a shortish summer season and then a long rest!
Things have changed, some crops do need some protection, but it is possible to keep many plants growing now. Another sure sign that temperatures are rising. The other way is to use a protected cropping.
If you do not have any growing space the other way to save CO2 and MONEY is to drastically reduce food waste. It is a massive problem and akin to flushing paper money down the toilet.
Be part of zero waste reduction and do not give away valuable food waste – into a compost bin ready to rot down and use on the garden. There are some very neat and odourless systems around which do an excellent job of converting food waste into a rich, black compost in just a few weeks. They are not cheap so why not share one with a neighbour?
While I am excited and enthused by the Earthshot Prize spending millions on big projects could engender the idea that it is all fixed now so there is no need for individuals to do anything. That MUST NOT happen, we must keep up the momentum to ensure that every community aims to be zero carbon by 2030. There is no alternative.
I am working on a high tech, sustainable food growing project. It is early days yet but the basic parts are on order so work should begin in the next few weeks. I will post a link here when there is something to show so please come back soon.