Grow your own vegetables and buy local- this is how Ballybunion woman Lisa Fingleton is taking action to reduce her impact on the environment. By reducing her need for plastic packaging, the unnecessary waste of carbon emissions during transport and the use of chemicals and fertilisers, Lisa is confident that this small but effective change has the potential to drastically reduce her influence on climate change…

“We used to be self sufficient here in Ireland and what has changed is the illusion of convenience of buying food in the shops.- but it is not convenient for the planet or people.

A lot of the food people buy is processed and has led to a huge rise in waiting lists in hospitals, a rise in diabetes and also in obesity- especially among children. People buy this food because it is cheap- but it is only cheap in the short term.

There are huge ramifications for our communities when our diets are not healthy. For climate, the best thing we can do is grow our own food. It has no airmiles, no carbon, no plastic, no chemicals and no fertilisers”…

It is exciting for people to know that their food is being grown without chemicals so close to their homes”…

(Extract from Article by Mike Ahern, Kerry’s Eye as part of a series called ‘Reaching For A Greener World’)

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