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More Consciouse of Food and Health May 27, 2005 7:54 AM

We are becoming more conscious of food and health, and rightly so. But do we give enough to the environmental costs of our food choices? Fruit and vegetables that have travelled long distances may look the same and even have the similar nutritional values as their locally-grown equivalents-but environmentally they may be poles apart. If people bought and consumed more local and more organic produce and made their journeys to and from food shops by some means other than their car, the british economy would save around £4billion a year. The most political act we do on a daily basis is to eat. Our actions affect farms, landscapes and food businesses. These choices matter enormously, as different production and transport systems have different effects on the environment. article taken from a latge article by Professor Jules Pretty from the department of biological sciences at university of Essex Have food value will travel, talks food miles, the great food exchange and why we must start buying locally.  [ send green star]
 
The tomato story. May 27, 2005 2:53 PM

It may be a little off-topic, but Iím going to tell you how I see the problem of buying locally, from the perspective of my country. I think that everybody in Romania tries to buy local fruits and vegetables. Letís take the tomatoesí example. If I go to the market, there are two sorts of them: big, good-looking tomatoes, with wonderful colours and a good price, from Turkey or Greece and small, ugly, expensive but tasteful Romanian tomatoes. You guessed it. I buy Romanian tomatoes. Because of their taste and because Iím sure they donít have toxic substances in them so as to be big and red. Unfortunately, there is a tendency to use growing factors on our tomatoes, too. Now, I told you this, so as you know why I always buy locally. Itís not about the fact that my citizens care about where their money goes (if we buy from other countries, our money goes there). Our products are simply better than the foreign ones. Why? They are natural.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Thank you May 27, 2005 3:28 PM

Thanks for this post Cezar, The reason i write this article was to show people the damage to the environment that can happen to the way we choose to buy food, but even more was the information on things like example we export lamb, but then we go and import lamb from a fare away country why? look at the transport cost+ the cost to the environment from green house gases being given off getting that lamb to you from a supplyer living very large distance from your local supplyer of your food! and as you said local can be the best value all round, in the form of costs and even local job market.keeping local people employed.  [ send green star]
 
It Make Life Better. May 28, 2005 4:26 AM

Hi John, Great idea, which as be around a long time. But people do not do it or think about it. I would love it if someone could grow pomegranates local. It would save me a lot of time and money. You are right we can,and should use local goods, and cut down on gas, ect, this will help care for the earth better. But some things will have to still come from other countries. Thank's for making me think about this I will now use as much local goods as possible. John Powell  [ send green star]
 
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