Friday, September 04, 2009

Food Miles

There are already too many points to ponder over what used to be the simple (and at one time in the distant past even pleasurable) act of shopping for produce in a grocery store. Paper or plastic, organic or conventional, GM or natural and the list goes on. Each choice is fraught with ambiguity because there is no black and white answer to the question of right or wrong - for who and what goes in to producing that food or for those who will consume it.

To add to our angst-ridden produce shopping experience is this new idea of calling out in the
how far the food has traveled. Is the consumer now expected to add the miles and use that total to feed their guilt about hurting the planet. Or they may have a way to pay their way out of it by shopping only stuff that was grown with a hundred mile radius.

3 comments:

Uma said...

Add to it the 'happy meat' concept. Wonder what's next.

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

Liked this post, added to my Top 3 reccos on my blog for other readers to read this as well.

Heartcrossings said...

Uma - As opposed to sad meat I guess. They will do anything to tug at the consumer's heartstrings

Swapna - Thanks for stopping by. Glad to liked the post.