slowly changing

Buying organic or local produce has become second nature to me now, but it seems that the rest of the region is following suit. It may be a slow change but at least habbits are changing for the better. In our local paper it reports that our local farm shop owner
Mrs Jackson said:

“I have noticed an increase in the number of people we have had coming out here to visit the farm, especially since we were featured on UK Food.

“Across the region there has been a big increase in the number of people interested in organic local food and in cooking an organic Christmas dinner.

“Eating organic is the only way to be sure your food is free of chemicals and additives and if you buy locally as well you are sure the ingredients are the freshest possible.”

What is encouraging is that people are starting to make an impact on the organic market but is it because people are thinking about where their food comes from, or is it just the fact that the media monster has said so. Peoples habbits are changing but are we really making a conscious effort to be an ethical shopper ? or just following another trend ?

Most of this change in attitude must be put down to the media in the last year there has been much more coverage of green issues, every day now there seems to be be a radio programme or newspaper article, telling us what we should be doing, it’s unfortunate that eating ethically has to become fashionable before it can be accepted by the masses?


3 thoughts on “slowly changing

  1. Mel says:

    My sister came to visit last week and found some organic apricot spread in my cupboard. It was a dingy brown colour rather than the gleaming yellow of standard apricot jam, and she said “Yuk!” But when I got her to try some she admitted that it tastes delicious, much better than the “sugar plus flavourings plus colourings” taste of cheap yellow jam.

    I remember when I was a child, all food was stuffed full of colourings and flavourings. Strawberry yogurt, for example, was bright fuschia. If you saw yogurt that wasn’t that colour you’d assume it didn’t taste of anything much. It wouldn’t be “proper” yogurt. Then there were a series of articles in the popular press about the dangers of “E-numbers”, and gradually the food colouring went away. Now if we see bright glowing pink yogurt we assume it’s some kind of cheap import, not “proper” yogurt. People’s opinions have changed, led by the media. But the change has stuck.

    I hope the time will come when most of our food will be more natural-looking – dingy brown if need be – but it will taste better. And in 20 years’ time if we see bright shiny yellow apricot jam, we’ll think “Yuk, must be full of cheap artificial junk, where’s the proper brown jam that tastes good?” The media will have led the change, but as long as it sticks, I don’t care.

  2. Bart says:

    agreed! In this case, I consider myself as one of the masses, haha. I think getting there is the important thing, not that you are one of the first in your area who thought of it. Don’t be dissapointed about the general lack of interest, be cheerfull for the few glimpses of support. And hey, you inspired me. cheerio.

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