What do we want to achieve?We want to have a low impact on the planet when buying and consuming food. Things that are important to us are:
- to buy food produced locally; ideally Victorian, but definitely grown and/or raised in Australia;
- try to only buy food from companies that are 100 percent Australian owned;
- identifying which companies are environmentally and socially responsible; and supporting these companies.
Why is this important to us?
Two examples of why this is not straight forward...
We've been buying SunRice microwavable rice cups - the perfect side dish to a reheated curry or home made stew. We know SunRice is Australian owned and the rice is grown in Australia (one of us has even been to their rice fields). No problem so far. BUT while the packets of uncooked rice are made in Australia - the rice cups are not. They are actually a product of Thailand. We assume this means the rice is grown here, sent to Thailand, processed and then sent back. That's a lot of unnecessary food miles!
So what's next?Back to the wonders of google and the world wide web to find out more...
and we'd love your comments on these examples or others.
- Where do you draw the line?
- What should be the most important consideration when buying food?