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The credit munch?Posted at 1:52PM, 03 June 2008 by Abbie Dobson - News journalist
Queuing up in my local M and S the other day, canvas bag in hand I couldn't help but feel a little smug. No 5p levy on the violent green plastic bag for me! Yes, I was going to be 10p up, as I rammed the last of my shopping into my creaking cotton carrier. The striking image of a sea turtle tangled up in a plastic bag was firmly placed on the back burner of my subconscious.
But it was there that my internal pat on the back ended. Pulling out my squashed strawberries and bent broccoli at home I realised that I was still buying abroad as I'd been lured by cheaper prices. My Elsantas not from Essex despite being almost in June were from America.
As I was steadily consumed by guilt I started to investigate the remaining contents of my fridge. Kenyan green beans basking in the chilly shade, blueberries from the land of 'have a nice day' and chocolate from Switzerland. I cut myself some slack (if not my waist band) on the last one.
But the question has to be asked in a time of rising fuel costs, mortgages and yes most relevant here food prices, are we less keen to be green?
It's never been easier to source the food we buy from supermarkets. The big giants are practically tripping over themselves to provide us with information about where and how their goods make it to the shelves. Tesco's air freight stickers look as if they'd glow in the dark. But does it make us shop differently? Does our conscience outweigh our wallet?
With the great push from eco food warriors like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie - look at my garden - Oliver, never has home grown local sourcing been more in vogue.
With the great push from eco food warriors like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie - look at my garden - Oliver, never has home grown local sourcing been more in vogue. But for those of us who may not have the time, space or inclination to grow at home could being environmentally savvy remain the preserve of the minority and not the majority?
The pulls on our purse strings may mean that an increasing awareness about eating seasonally and sourcing domestically won't be the norm but one of life's luxuries. It maybe one of the first things out of the window when we feel the pinch in other parts of our lives. I for one hope not but my shopping bag may disagree.