The Sustainable Food Test
Is what I eat healthy? Who made what I’m eating? How much meat should I eat per week? Is it a good idea to grow your own food? How many bags of plastic food packaging do I throw out each week?
A sustainable diet consists of eating healthy, flavourful, nutritionally balanced food that respects your body, your environment and, ultimately, the planet. Traditions, habits, advertising and marketing can make our beliefs, customs and food consumption unhealthy and unsustainable. Want to improve?
Tell us what you eat and we’ll tell you how you can improve!
There’s a lettuce in the fridge. Do you know who grew it and how it got into your home?
Beans are harvested...
Organic products are…
Do you have a vegetable garden or allotment?
Did you know you can grow food at home, even if you don’t have a balcony?
Where do you buy your food?
Do you know what a consumer cooperative is?
You’re out food shopping. What makes you choose one product over another?
You’re buying ham, cheese or quince paste. How do you get it home to your fridge?
How much time do you spend cooking per day at home?
Do you cook as a family?
Do you have a family recipe book at home?
Think about what you ate yesterday. How many products did you eat without knowing what their ingredients mean exactly (various E numbers, butylated hydroxyanisole [BHA], hydrogenated fats, monosodium glutamate [MSG], artificial colours and flavourings, et
Continue to think about what you ate yesterday. How many fresh products did you eat?
Let’s have an afternoon snack. What do you want?
Where do you have lunch at work?
It’s mid-afternoon and you’re thirsty. What do you drink?
Do you use beetroot leaves?
The bread’s gone stale. So what now?
How many times do you take out a bag of plastic waste?
What do you do with the organic waste from your kitchen?
What kind of restaurant do you prefer?
You’re at a restaurant. Do you ask for a doggy bag if you don’t finish your meal?
What sustainable food options are there in your neighbourhood?
What was the last thing you read about sustainable food?
How many vegetarian meals do you eat in a week?
Do you know much about the rural world where our food comes from?
Mostly a - You’re a sustainability star!
Congratulations. You are clearly committed to eating sustainably to benefit your health and the urban and rural environment. You already know this, but your efforts are not in vain: you are contributing towards mitigating the global climate and environmental emergency. Keep it up! Carry on researching, studying and taking action, because the way we eat can change the world. Don’t forget to keep checking this website and find out all about the activities planned for 2021, Barcelona’s year as the World Capital of Sustainable Food. We’re sure you can learn even more!
Mostly b - There’s room for improvement!
You’re on the right track! It seems like eating local and in an eco-friendly way interests you, that you’re no stranger to the kitchen but not 100% comfortable there, that you care about your environment and hate to see so much waste and rubbish... Well, you've come to the right place. On this sustainable food website, we've put together lots of practical tips, recommendations of where to find sustainable products and other resources and initiatives to help you become the best-fed, most sustainable person in the city!
Mostly c - You’re eating the Earth away!
Not knowing what you are eating or throwing out excess food can be harmful to nature and wastes resources. This way of eating is not just bad for you – and your health :( – it is also damaging to your immediate surroundings, your neighbours and farmers here in Catalonia. And, of course, it is easy to forget about the planet when going about your day-to-day life, but we are all dependent on it. But if you’ve got this far… maybe you would like to eat more sustainably? Yes!!! Why not try and adopt at least one sustainable food tip? Every little change counts!