Trundled down to T***o today (and A**a yesterday) to buy some things. The pork chops looked nice – they were from Poland or Germany. There were some from Scotland. Other meats were from New Zealand (lamb), Argentina (beef), then Denmark for bacon. Wales is famous for sheep (and sheep jokes) and you can already see little lambs in the fields at the moment.
Also, Holland supplied some meat to A/T. Leeks from T today were from Belgium. Apples from all around the world – South Africa, New Zealand, China, Germany, France and some UK. What happened to the seasons (the same can be asked about the weather)? Ok, we had bad weather last year which may have destroyed some crops. I don’t want Asparagus out of season. I want it in May (though having said that, dug up the asparagus to make room for other things). I wonder how much electricity is used in Spain to grow those early crops of summer vegetables/fruit (lettuces, other salads, tomatoes, peppers, … ).
A post elsewhere mentioned that a council wants to cut meat and dairy products from canteen menus – go veggie, to reduce carbon emissions. I wonder how many tonnes of emissions there would be from importing lentils/rice/tofu/other “vegetarian” staples, plus the vegetables out of season supplied by airfreight to the supermarkets….
/end of rant.