Food and Dietary

Changing Diets

Contribution to ZCE Target                    8%

dietsWhat is working well in Edinburgh already.
Examples already working well in and around Edinburgh include:
● Growing & buying your own food organically and locally is already possible in Edinburgh, even if you need a bit of goodwill to go out and find the places, e.g. in one of the numerous allotments and community gardens around Edinburgh, farmers’ markets, organic shops.
● Whole food shops such as Real Foods (there since 1975!) and coops are also well established around the Scottish capital:

Transition Edinburgh South – Grow Stronger Project at Gracemount Walled Garden – This project also contributes to a reduction in the Soil and Trees carbofoodWhat you can do.
– If you are not vegetarian, plan to have at least one more veggie main meal a week
– Choose vegetarian restaurants when going out.
– When eating out, go to restaurants that cook with local ingredients, such as Edinburgh Larder, Café St Honore, Scottish Café Canonball, L’Escargot Bleu and Blanc or Mark Greenaways.
– Buy locally grown food at shops such as at Earthy, DigIn, New Leaf or the Leith Assembly.
– Only eat pasture-fed meat.
– Buy less food, so that you have less food waste. If you do have leftovers, consider offering them on the OLIO foodsharing app before it goes off. Download it at: or go to:
– Compost your food waste, or ask your local community garden if they will collect it, or use CEC recycling, do not put it to landfill.
– Cultivate a habit of growing things to eat, even herbs on a window sill are a start.
– Look for opportunities to support, get involved in or set up a community garden. Support is available from Edible Edinburgh and Edible Estates.
– At work, ask the canteen to increase the choice of vegetarian options or to introduce a “meat free Monday” to encourage people to try to eat no meat on one day.
– Check that provenance of canteen food is sustainable – is it local or organic?

Contribution to ZCB Target of 650 MT CO2e 50 MT
Nourish Scotland calculate that Agriculture and Land Use is responsible for 22% of UK Greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions can be reduced by nearly three quarters by eating a better diet, reducing waste and improving farming practices. Food waste is a huge issue: in the UK over 4.2 million tons of perfectly good food worth £12.5 billion is thrown away every year. The proposed target for Scotland is to reduce food waste by 33% by 2025. So if we eat the right mix and amounts of foods – less meat and dairy, more cereals, vegetables and pulses – we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We will also be eating a much healthier diet. These changes will free up land for other uses. Sources: Nourish Scotland,,

Places to visit: any community garden,  Gracemount project TES ,  Edible Estates Wester Hailes / Magdalene