The Lancaster Guardian had a gem of an article entitled “Thinking About the Energy Fuelling the Food We Eat” (12/1/17)
The hidden ingredient . . . .
However much care we take with the ingredients for our favourite dishes – there is one ingredient we probably don’t think about very much – and that’s the power we use to cook the food. Even brewing up tea – whatever we do that uses electricity – might well be including some ingredients we hadn’t thought about – like increasing nuclear waste dumps, or piling loads more CO2 in the atmosphere.
If our household supply is with a regular electricity supplier then it is likely to be generated by coal fired power stations or else nuclear ones. So it may well be that even the most carefully selected food is creating nuclear waste just by the way it is cooked.
Sam from Skerton has been looking into all this and has found that there is now a really simple way to change over our household electricity to a green renewables provider. http://www.greenelectricity.org is a comparison site listing all the possible renewable suppliers for the area. It is really easy to compare the costs and to click to change your household supply to renewables. Green electricity comes from the renewable sources of wind, rivers, waves and sun.
A few years ago green energy often cost more than the regular suppliers. As more and more people change over to renewables and more and more companies offer 100% nuclear free electricity the costs are coming down. You can see for yourself by using the comparison website.
It could be a good new years resolution to sit down with a brew and check out the comparisons and make the change – and tell your friends that you are now clean and green. Those of us who cook with gas can change too, since most of the renewables providers also supply gas. While the gas coming along the pipes is clearly a fossil fuel – if we buy it from a renewables supplier then that company is already investing in alternatives.
Sam says – ‘It seems that changing to renewables and away from nuclear/coal is something that really interests a lot of people. There seems to be an increasing public concern about the dangers of nuclear and coal.
It’s never been easier to switch to renewables – so your favourite meals don’t need to increase CO2 or the nuclear waste dumps.’