How Sustainable Are Your Foods?
Last year the news in Britain and Europe that horse meat
has been found in incorrectly labelled food products, stood as a wake-up call to food manufacturers globally that there needs to be greater control along the food supply chain.
Consumers have a right to know exactly where their food is coming from, where and how it was grown, and who grows it. How much of your food can you trace back to a responsible source?
I know it can seem a bit pedantic to track all of these things, but if you don't, what are you fuelling? Its easy to say 'I am just one person, my choices are not going to make any difference to the situation' - but that's not true. How can we improve things if everyone takes that approach? We therefore challenge you to one thing - take 5-10 ingredients in your kitchen and do some research as to where they have come from and how they got to you. If you are happy with the results - fantastic! If you are not, then email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and will will guide you towards a better alternative.
As you may have seen, we have been celebrating all things Chia this month
with the help of The Chia Co
. Here is what they have to say about the sustainability of their Chia products.
"When you buy Australian Grown Chia seeds you are buying directly from the farms. Every packet of seeds from The Chia Co can be traced back to the paddock on which it was grown. Traceability is farmers connecting with the people who eat the food they grow. Traceability is also accountability. It’s pride in farming well done.
I can take a pack of chia seeds off the shelf at Whole Foods in High Street Kensington, look at the bar code and track the seeds all the way to the farm in Western Australia, I even know the paddock where it was grown. I can tell you the omega-three content, the precise amount of water and sun it received, and I can also tell you the farmers’ names. And I can tell you those farmers are sharing in the success of The Chia Co, receiving fair value back so they can reinvest, expand their farms and build their communities.'
We encourage you all to take an interest in where and how your food is produced and ask more questions. Sustainable production of food is integral to our future.
In celebration of our Chia Month, why not enter our Chia competition for a chance to win a bundle of Chia products and a copy of the first Honestly Healthy cookbook. Enter here.