Thursday, May 5, 2011

Order an organic vegetable box

(For the 2nd of May)

Erg (sand desert), Algeria
Photograph by Philippe Bourseiller
The average UK potato may travel as far as 1,287 kilometers from field to kitchen in a journey that leaves a trail of serious environmental and societal consequences. The food shipping industry relies heavily on cheap energy sources and air pollution from food transport contributes to our smog-choked atmosphere. Farmers see only a fraction of the price of the produce in the shops, while the rest is paid to various middlemen in the food production process. Unable to compete with large-scale farms, small farmers are forced to close up shop.

Locally delivered organic vegetable boxes mean that your food miles will be dramatically reduced and you will be supporting independent farmers to get a fair price for their goods. You will learn more about the seasonality of food and may discover new vegetables, as well as develop a relationship with your local food producers - and getting a box delivered will save you from driving to the shops.
- from the book '365 Ways to Save the Earth' by Philippe Bourseiller

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