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.
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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