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Posted: Thursday 5 February, 2004

by Dan at 7:15pm in Recipes No comments Add your own

Tonight we're indulging in another home-grown tea - a potato, leek and bacon bake accompanied by some sweetcorn. Everything except the bacon is our own, and next year we hope to cure some pork for bacon so we'll be able to do it all ourselves. It's meals like this that make the effort of growing vegetables worthwhile - there's a deep sense of satisfaction in knowing that not only are all the ingredients organic, produced without a trace of chemical or hormone, but they all come with not a single food mile between them (okay the bacon is from Ayrshire, so about 50 food miles then).

Even if you're not growing your own, I'd urge you to be an attentive consumer and to look carefully at where the vegetables you buy in the supermarket are sourced. There's a fair chance they will have been air-freighted in from Africa or South America, at an unsustainable cost to the environment. Ordinary consumers like you and I have the power to change this - the supermarkets will stop stocking these items if we stop buying them, it's that simple. As an added bonus you might buy some British vegetables and rediscover the wonderful seasonal variations that our climate produces. After all who wants to eat Kenyan green beans every week for a year?

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