Transition to more sustainable, more local, food
“It is only in the past 50 years that we have perfected the art of the completely useless and unproductive urban landscape, at the same time as we have become nearly completely dependent on long, and highly oil-dependent, supply chains. Yet within this vulnerability is a huge opportunity for rethinking how we feed ourselves. Food is often where Transition initiatives start, and it offers a great way of finding common ground, given that everyone interacts with food on a daily basis! There are many food projects a Transition initiative can start, from garden shares to community supported farms…”
From Transition Network on food initiatives
Food is cheaper now than it has ever been. There is a great variety of food available from all over the world and throughout the year. So why, when the industry has progressed so rapidly, should we worry about production and consumption of food? Cheap food has hidden costs, social and environmental. These include soil erosion and destruction of rural communities through intensive farming, mass deforestation and biodiversity loss, fisheries depletion, water pollution and food chain contamination by agrochemicals, and production of greenhouse gases especially by the meat and dairy industry. And while markets have driven improvements in the consistency, colour, texture and shelf-life of food, there have been losses in nutritional value, taste, variety within species and between seasons. If we read these in the light of climate change and peak oil, both of which will make current food systems unviable, the need for action to create a sustainable food system becomes urgent. TTK believe there are more sensible and satisfying ways to deliver the food we need. We aim to help create a healthy environment and thriving community by building a resilient food system for Kingston. There are a range of food growing and harvesting groups and projects active across the borough helping Kingston to transition. Some were established long before Kingston became an official Transition Town, others are newly formed – and all are helping create a better brighter future for Kingston.
Transition Town Kingston projects
Abundance Kingston aims to harvest the seasonal glut of local fruit, such as apples, pears and plums and redistribute the surplus to the Kingston community (local nurseries, homeless shelters, individuals) on a non-profit basis.
Kingston Kitchen aims to encourage and enable everyone to produce delicious, flavoursome, chemical-free foods, using seasonal and, where possible, locally grown produce.
Friends of TTK
Other local groups
From the Ground Up: unfortunately, TTK’s award-winning weekly organic veg and fruit food scheme had to close in March 2016.