Ethical food• Buy local food in season. In doing so, you're reducing the huge environmental costs of shipping food all over the world. Why buy apples from the USA when Britain has one of the best climates in the world for growing apples? Plus, you're supporting the local producers. Try Wirral Farmer's Market at New Ferry Village Hall on the 2nd Saturday of each month www.wirralfarmersmarket.co.uk, and look out for Hoylake Local Food Fair www.wirralfood.org.uk.
• Buy products that come from farming techniques that you approve of. For example, buy free-range eggs if you can afford it. Battery and barn eggs are produced by overcrowded chickens who are debeaked and routinely fed antibiotics and colourants.
Grow Your OwnTry growing your own fruit and vegetables. Allotments are very cheap, the food is far tastier, you get fresh air and exercise, and its satisfying.
Don't use weedkillers and synthetic pesticides in the garden, they destroy good things as well as bad. Instead, leave some grass long, make a woodpile and a smal pond to encourage natural predators.
Welcome garden wildlife with flowers, berries, ponds, hedges etc, it will bring great pleasure to your life.
• Get an Allotment
Everyone has the right to an allotment. If you want to find out more about getting an allotment in Wirral, ask Wirral Borough Council. Tel 606 2000
• Community Garden
Our community garden gives people a chance to join in and learn about gardening. For more information visit our Community Garden page.
• Gardening Course
This takes place in the community garden. To find out more, visit the Courses page.
Healthy Eating• Organic
Organic food is grown and/or produced without the aid of chemical herbicides, fungicides or pesticides, artificial preservatives, g.m.o.s, colourings or additives. Look for the Soil Association symbol. Organic growing is not a new invention - before there were so many agro chemicals most people grew things this way.
• Genetically Modified Crops (GM)
Genetic engineering is a technology that allows scientists to alter the genetic make-up of animals and mix genetic material between species. Genetically modified tomatoes and soya beans are already widespread. Many people oppose the introduction of GM into our foodstuffs because of;
• unpredictable long-term effects
• irreversible contamination
• inadequate testing
• ethical issues for vegetarians & some religious groups about the use of animal genes & experimentation
• loss of biodiversity / traditional varieties
How to avoid GM foods
• buy organic where possible
• avoid processed foods
• campaign for labelling of GM products
• write to MPs, supermarkets etc
• grow your own
• Vegetarian / Vegan
If you want to know more about being vegetarian or vegan, there are national support organisations who can help:
• Vegetarian Society
The Vegetarian Society www.vegsoc.org offers information, many publications, events, local groups and the famous Cordon Vert cookery school. 0161 928 0783
• Vegan Society
Promotes ways of living avoiding animal products 01424 427393