Seasonality generally has a larger impact on the carbon footprint of food than transportation. The type of product and the degree to which it has been processed are also more important than transportation. This is the case for international products as well. That’s why a global seasonal calendar is a useful tool to reduce our carbon footprint.
Concretely, this means that when regional products are in season during summer and autumn, we only import a few specialties. In winter and spring, on the other hand, we import fruit from places where it is in season. This is often better than regional products that are made available out-of-season by heating, freezing or other methods.
The gebana seasonal calendar also embodies the notion that fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables such as apples, bananas and oranges form the basis of a sustainable diet. Even seasonal speciality fruits and vegetables with a higher footprint such as asparagus or avocado do well compared to animal-based or heavily processed foods.