The sustainable veggie lifecycle infographic

Waste is very much part of the modern food production system. It doesn’t have to be. Here’s an infographic that shows how we can close the loop and reduce the waste when it comes to our food.

Even we don’t stick to a completely closed system (if we buy fruit and vegetables as well as grow them for instance – and then there’s the little question of, erm, human waste product), by using the cycle outlined below as much as is possible within the restraints of our individual circumstances, we reduce the waste that is inherent in our modern food system.

sustainable vegetable lifecycle infographic

You can download a PDF version of this infographic here.


If you think my first attempt at an infographic isn’t too disastrous and would like to share it on your own site, you can embed it on your website using the following code:

<a href=""><img src="" alt="Sustainable Veggie Lifecycle" width=”500” border=”0”/></a>
<p>Source: <a href="">Frugal and Thriving</a></p>

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  1. says

    I have another loop by having a lemon tree. Here is an appropriate Poem by Leunig

    The secret of mens health be
    The keeping of a lemon tree
    and keeping of the male rite
    Of tending it alone at night

    Some nuturing, some nourishing
    and yet a bit of flourishing.
    Unless a man remains a beast
    The tree and he will be deceased.

    • says

      LOVE it! Same is suggested for tomatoes??? In Jackie French’s book The Wilderness Garden, I re-read recently, she suggested using the same in the compost heap to help it cook and to make compost teas etc.

      • says

        Works great for lemons, not sure about tomatoes but can burn other plants. The main product is ammonia which is a fast acting fertilizer which citrus plants love. If it goes through a compost heap it should degrade to nitrate which is slower acting and more suitable for general use.