Food is the first area of action in our 2019 ‘5 things we can all start doing right now’ campaign (currently being updated to cover 7 areas), launched in response to the latest IPCC report in autumn 2018. Food is responsible for a quarter of global carbon emissions, and animal products for over half of those.
LCWO promotes the production and consumption of sustainable sources of food, including local food, and in line with IPCC recommendations, is supporting West Oxford residents to seriously reduce or eliminate meat and dairy from their diets.
Our food work:
Though this pilot was rudely interrupted by COVID-19, children in Year 5 at West Oxford Community Primary this past year have been part of the first half of school cook Ruth Lyster’s new cookery class for kids. Whilst lockdown means continuation of the project was not possible this year, we are crossing fingers that Ruth will be able to continue her brilliant work in the next academic year, equipping children with essential skills. Read more here.
LCWO hosted its first ‘Beet the Waste food & music festival’ at the Tap Social in autumn 2017, as part of our 10 year anniversary celebrations. The event proved very popular, and has since become an annual date on the West Oxford calendar, running for the second time in September 2018. The afternoon is run in partnership with the Oxford Food Bank, Waste2Taste and a range of other local partners, and takes place at the fab Tap Social. As well as tasty food stalls, food bank tours and information galore, there is an annual cake competition (the first year, veg-based, the second year, for best vegan cake), live Ready, Steady, Cook competition with local chefs battling out using ingredients which would have otherwise gone to waste, live music, and of course, delicious beer from Tap Social.
If you’d like to join the team of volunteers that makes Beet the Waste happen, please do get in touch!
In 2019, we wrote a letter to our local supermarkets to check up on their progress in reducing their carbon emissions, following our ‘How Green is your supermarket’ event in 2015.
Find out more and read the letter here: How do you market meat and how about a plastic-free zone? Our new letter to local supermarkets
In 2020, we are designing and implementing a business scorecard for West Oxford businesses; the first round will not include any supermarkets, but if the trial is successful, we hope to include supermarkets in round 2.
We set up a Jam Jar Bank to encourage people to reuse their jam jars and make jams and chutneys. The bank is now housed at Hogacre Common Eco-Park – pop by and help yourself – and whilst you’re there, grab some delicious food at the seasonal caf, open on Sundays through the summer.
LCWO produced a 2009 awareness-raising calendar featuring pictures of fruit and vegetable from the West Oxford allotments, with seasonal recipes. The photos and recipes were donated by local residents and money raised went towards supporting LCWO local environmental projects. The calendar sold out and made a small profit.