- The confusion of being a responsible eater

I will never stress enough on how important it is to read a recipe till the end before starting. Actually I should apply that to myself first.

Read the ingredients of course but also the method till the end. Not like me, ready, happy to plunge my hands in a heap of flour, almond powder, egg… and realize that the dough has to rest for 4 hours in the fridge… ‘this stage is essential’ the recipe said. Well I still have to improve my organization skills, it’s all a question about organization unless you have the whole evening to cook while sipping a glass of red with Charles Aznavour (I love Charles Aznavour when I cook).

I went to the market this morning, to buy my vegetables on Golborne road where Mister the trader tries to talk to me in Spanish for 3 years as he still think that I am, where the cash and carry owner asks what I am cooking today and gives me advices. And then my butcher who nearly choked while drinking his tea when I told him that I was thinking of becoming vegetarian.

I had this thought yes… It doesn’t mean I will do it but with everything I read about meat scandals, it’s getting very difficult not to be lost between my beliefs, an ethical conscience I hope to have, responsible healthy eating, seasons, human beings… The more I read papers, articles, the more I wonder, who do we have to trust?

A study shows that seven in every ten people think that it’s important to buy sustainable fish but only 30% do so because they are confused by labeling. We buy food which is supposed to be organic, but it’s not. Because of our consumerism’s habits, normality is to have summer fruits in winter on supermarket, so market traders are following.

More than two thirds of people consider buying British produce important and almost three quarters look to buy British fruits and vegetables, more than three quarters of people think animal welfare is important but only two thirds seek out free range eggs and only half try to buy free range chicken.

My butcher was telling me that a customer bought a free range chicken and came back unhappy because it was too hard and dry. People don’t know the taste of a real chicken anymore and prefer the ones who spend their 6 or 9 months life in a cage instead of the one who runs in fields and so has muscles.

Almost two thirds of people say that buying ethical products is important, and 30 % seek out Fairtrade tea and coffee.

It’s encouraging as people show good will and concerns but on the other hand, British asparagus cost £3 a bunch and the Spanish one £1.50, why would we buy the British when I can have 2 Spanish for the same price. It’s a commitment but a non–sense too.

Why does Tesco sell Dutsch strawberries and Sainsbury spring onions from Kenya and Mexico when I have myself spring onions and strawberries now in my garden? Strawberry are full in season now and they grow in UK so what ?

According to another recent study, UK is the only place in the world that a fall for organic food has happened, in the rest of the world there is strong growth.

Even though confusion is here, the topic is important enough for us to think about and care, at least.



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