Plants play a key role in carbon reduction, Plants remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and in turn release oxygen as part of the photosynthesis process. This release of oxygen can promote cleaner air. Very little has the ability to remove carbon dioxide from the air as efficiently as plants and trees.
The carbon footprint is defined as the amount of ‘greenhouse gases’ created by a process. The amount of greenhouse gasses that are produced during manufacturing, transporting, using products, processing products or simply holding events has a direct impact on climate change and the quality of the environment. By growing plants, particularly fruits, vegetable and herbs in your garden, this ensures that food reaches your plate leaving a minimal carbon footprint. In fact, growing vegetables and herbs for food when done without machinery and the use of processed products, may have a net benefit to the environment (net in this instance being the difference of what is put in vs what is taken out). This is definitely the case when factors such as distribution, storage and the energy (electricity) used during the sale of vegetables in supermarkets and other shops is considered.