Eat locally

And eat boringly.

National Farmers\’ Union horticulture adviser for field vegetables and potatoes, Laura Drew, said: "The UK courgette growing season runs approximately from June through to the beginning of September. For the rest of the year, the UK relies on 100 per cent imported supplies of courgettes, which come predominantly from Spain and southern France.

Eating courgettes only seasonably might not be the most painful of sacrifices to Gaia, but when you look at what can in fact be dug up out of the fields now, late January, in the UK you\’ll find relying solely upon local foods that you\’ll be eating a hell of a lot of turnips.

The fact that we do in fact have a varied diet is a result of the fact that we do not eat locally.

5 comments on “Eat locally

  1. It’s all relative – an American would probably consider Spain and France as pretty local to the UK. I don’t take “eat local” to mean “eat UK-only produce, 100% of the time”, but “eat as locally as possible and generally try to avoid air-freighted stuff from the other side of the world”.

  2. “eat as locally as possible and generally try to avoid air-freighted stuff from the other side of the world”.

    Why? Because air-freighted stuff is evil ju-ju? Or because you’ve not bothered to look into the life cycle CO2 emissions and not realised that under-glass local fruit and vegetables can be worse than air-freighted alternatives?

  3. Our beet sugar refiners are even now growing tomatoes in greenhouses warmed by gas turbine exhausts – and with growth promoted by the elevated CO2 in those exhausts. Call it “local warming”.

  4. Re courgettes: Think of the greenhouse gasses saved if we didn’t grow them at all! They haven’t enough nutrients to make it worthwhile anyway.

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