Saturday, August 18, 2007

A difference of opinion

Is this worth arguing about?

If a piece of fruit has to travel thousands of kilometres from warmer climes to Melbourne in the middle of winter – should we still buy it, even if it is organically grown?

Ok I have coffee from Columbia and red quinoa from Bolivia (at least it is fairtrade, Oxfam, Melbourne CBD) – those are necessities. Really! But strawberries I can wait a few more months for and grow in my garden.

Have you been reading ”Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” too? How are you coping with the eat local concept?


Blogger Lucy said...

Have you read the Peter Singer book? He (like many) is a passionate advocate of fairtrade items traveling world-wide, but stops well short of strawbs flown half-way 'round the world to us out of season. Somehow they never taste right anyway.

The Kingsolver's excellent. Challenging me more and more.

10:00 am  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Singer hits you with a hammer and leaves you feeling a little dirty. Kingsolver tickles your resolve with a feather.

12:41 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

Doesn't he?! Couldn't have put it better myself...

9:48 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the local concept is GREAT.. I ate at Zingara cucina last weekend and one of the meals was called "5 courses, within 50 KM from Melbourne".. pretty self explanatory. food was amazing.

2:51 am  

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