In Singapore, we import most of our food from all over the world, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, China, New Zealand, Australia, US, and Brazil.
According to media reports, local production makes up 7% of leafy vegetables and 4% of fish consumed here, and about 23% of eggs consumed in Singapore are produced locally.
As we import most of our food, we are contributing to more carbon emissions and fuel usage for shipping and transporting food from overseas.
You can choose to buy food that are grown locally such as vegetables and seafood from supermarkets and wet markets. Or you can buy directly from some of the farms at the Kranji Countryside.
By buying local, you are helping to reduce your carbon footprint and support the livelihood of local farmers.
Some products come with unnecessary plastic or paper packaging for aesthetic and advertising purposes, and the packaging usually end up as waste. As consumers, you can try to choose products with less or no packaging.
As more companies compete to advertise and promote their brands, they use all forms of media and excessive packaging. These unnecessary advertising and wasteful packaging are used to attract consumers to buy and use more. As Daniel Imhoff quotes in his book, Paper or Plastic: Read more