FOOD GLORIOUS 'Local Fresh & Tasty' FOOD
there’s nothing quite like it!!
and, unlike any other commodity we cannot live without it.
FOOD- 'tis the very fuel of life....
so why is it we treat it as a fashionable item?
Whatever happened to the excitement experienced by us all as we eagerly
awaited our season’s offerings? Vegetables springing from the earth, our
bushes oh so colourful with ripening fruit and our trees, laden with pears,
plums and apples. Ah! Glazed pears, plum crumble, baked apple, I hear you cry!
As the apples dance on the branches, growing in readiness for the big crunch
experienced when we bite into their juicy flesh, the actual crunch comes when
people become bored, lazy and uninterested in those lovely laden branches. “Oh
no” comes the cry, “We want kumquats instead” - the big crunch. Our orchards no
longer viable, they sadly disappear, pick your own centres struggle to survive
and our farmers consider throwing in the towel and calling it a day. What has
happened to the English apple, the soft fruit and our fresh meats and
vegetables? Our Farmers, oh so proud, who took their produce to market then to
adorn our grocers shelves and Butcher’s windows with those prime British joints.
Where, oh where have those days gone when cauliflowers were the size of dinner
plates rather than that of a saucer; chicken with two tone meat oozing with
flavour and beef oh so tender that it melted in your mouth? As our producers
chased orders presented to them by the marketplace perhaps some lost sight of
what they really did best which was to work in harmony with nature, to grow with
produce fit for a King, readily available for all of our tables. Intensive
farming and its techniques became the name of the game as farmers serviced
orders coming from large food outlets encouraging the attitude to spray crops
and inject hormones, as this was sure to secure faster growth. Poultry ready in
weeks, higher milk yields and perfectly shaped vegetables.
Should we not have foreseen the problems?
What about the nutritional value of our food and health issues, such as eczema,
asthma and allergies?
(Five years on Diabetes Cardio-Vascular Problems, Obesity and what are being
termed child/adult diseases can be added to this list.
also many positives)
Well, there may be problems ahead, perhaps caused by the methods we use. Let's
try integrated crop management and monitor the outcome. As the public become
more interested in the food chain, more questions are asked and we start to hear
the rumblings of Public Outcry, what is in our food? What about animal welfare,
and what of our British produce? We can’t tell from the label what is in it or
where the food is from. With the questions raised, should we go back to a more
sympathetic, natural or organic way of thinking? In essence back to basics, back
to working with nature.