In the past two months a group of 5 Master students of Wageningen University carried out an exploratory study on food consumption in the city of Tilburg. This study was commissioned by the Environmental Federation of the province of Brabant (BMF). Tilburg has the ambition to become a climate neutral city in 2045, yet the issue of food is lacking in the city’s climate programme. Given the fact that approximately 40% of the urban citizen’s ecological footprint is related to food and that food production and transport make up a significant portion of a city’s CO2 emission, it will be impossible to become a climate neutral city without including a food strategy in the city’s climate programme. For this reason the BMF asked this group of students to calculate/estimate Tilburg’s total food consumption and to give a first impression of the food miles and food transport related CO2 emission of several food products (e.g. apple, sugar, sweet pepper, asparagus, milk, cucumber) for different outlets (e.g. a supermarket, a greengrocer, an organic supermarket and a farm shop). The food miles and related CO2 emissions were calculated on the basis of the products that were sold at each outlet end of March/beginning of April this year, so they only represent the situation at that moment in time. On Wednesday April 22 the group presented their findings.
Some findings I found interesting and/or intriguing: Continue reading