Another Food Challenge? | #wheresmyfoodfrom

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Hey everyone, earlier this week the lovely Jess sent me this. It’s about a competition regarding the origin of our food and it got me thinking.The challenge is to be aware of where your food comes from for a week, starting February 26th.

This sounds easy. Especially eating a plant-based diet, all fruits and vegetables have a country of origin on the label. What did get me thinking though, is the other stuff. Even the healthy stuff. Nakd bars for example say on the label that they are proudly made in Britain. What that doesn’t tell you is where the nuts and dates, and whatever else in there, come from. It’s far more complicated that you first imagine.

Even more interestingly, my food order for next week has already been placed. So, those packets are going to be going under serious inspection.

As for whether I’m actually going to enter the competition, I’m not sure. But I am going to be partaking on my own to see how hard it actually is.

It’s 2018, we’re so used to convenience, a lot of us probably know very little about where our food is coming from. And that shouldn’t be the case.

When I first thought about taking this challenge on I was thinking about walking through my supermarket, what I usually pick up and if it has a detailed label or not. That then got me thinking about the amount of food on the shelves that most definitely is not from the UK.

Can you remember the last time you walked through your supermarket and didn’t expect to find a mango or pineapple on the shelves? I can’t. There was outrage last year when the Spanish crop shortage meant we either couldn’t get any courgettes or they were rapidly increased in price. The miles our food travel to reach our plates can be truly frightening. While I know I’m extremely guilty of this and I know this habit probably isn’t likely to change in a hurry, I do think it’s something we should all be more aware of.

So, thank you Jess. And challenge accepted. This is going to be interesting.

Until tomorrow,


To read more about the challenge and take part in the competition, click here.

To see my last food challenge click here.

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19 thoughts on “Another Food Challenge? | #wheresmyfoodfrom

  1. This is super interesting! I’ve been learning about the global food system in one of my uni modules at the moment and it’s crazy how much we don’t actually know! Xx

    Emily |

  2. oh my good, this is so true! I would not expect not to be able to find mangos on the shelves at any time of the year! And that’s true, that’s not sustainable to have off season fruits. Can’t wait to see how you get on with the challenge! xx corinne

  3. This made me so much interested atm!! I’ll definitely research the origin food xx Keep us updated because I’m so curious about it. Enjoyed this post.

  4. I have never heard of this competition before, but its a really interesting idea. I have always preferred shopping at farmers markets and we keep our own chicken for eggs but that hardly covers your average diet! It will be interesting to see where this leads you. Keep us updated, please!

  5. Being conscious of the origins of the food we eat is definitely important. I like to stay away from exotic fruits and vegetables because I don’t know how long they have traveled around before hitting the market.

  6. Ah yay this makes me so happy! I am vegan and I absolutely love hearing people who are open minded to such an incredible, environmentally friendly, cruelty-free way of eating. I studied nutrition and biology in uni for two years (before psychology) and I have to say, the meat and dairy industry funds everything – you have to dig deep to find the scary truth to what we put in our bodies.

    Let me know if you do decide to do the challenge! Think of it as simplifying your diet (just getting rid of animal products). Even if you don’t, thanks for being so welcoming to the idea <3


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