What Is The Big Wet Sticky On World Food Travels?
How many miles do you think food travels before landing on your plate? You can see how they add up to get to the UK thanks to the accompanying infographic from Visually. Bet you never thought about it in quite these terms. Is today’s breakfast of banana pancakes with fruit salad your freshest option? Think our neighbors across the Pond are the only ones whose food is logging serious miles? Think again! Also, for for some great food ideas near and far check out Kitchology’s Eat.Better app.
Not So Cut and Dry
How far do you suppose food travels in our country? This is definitely not a simple cut and dry topic, not even for simple table sugar. Hawaii farms a lot of raw sugar. Let’s say you live on the west coast. After the cane is picked and refined in California, it doesn’t just land in your drink. No, there’s still the matter of packaging in New York to consider before it’s distributed to you and Hawaii and everywhere else.
There are so many circuitous angles that abound with food. Look at it from the fresh, local and seasonal perspective that you’ve probably seen a lot here. Sure your produce may have been sourced locally, but how about that curry sauce you’re serving tonight? Where you do suppose that can of coconut milk originated? It may just be a product of Thailand, meaning it was grown and manufactured there before you purchased it here. Not feeling quite so fresh anymore, right?
Let’s return for a moment to that frequently flown breakfast alluded to earlier. What’s going on with maple syrup? In the infographic, it looks like Canada is a sure bet. In fact, Quebec corners about 80% of the World Market. Taking into account quality grades and fair trade issues UK residents are probably enjoying Canadian syrup. But, why do we have more maple trees here than they do in Quebec? Maybe, a smart cookie in Wales who started manufacturing his own blend had the right idea. Still, if your taste buds thirst for high grade gold know they will come with a price.
In a similar actual vein…Reportedly, the United States is the world’s largest producer of beef. Yet, we also import more beef than any other country. Not to be outdone, the UK has an abundance of lamb, and is probably self-sustaining in that department. Undeterred from this status, they import a a lot of it from New Zealand. Likewise, those prawns you ate last night in the UK probably flew in from Indonesia.
How Far Will It Go?
As the world grows smaller thanks to more and better connections how will this affect how and where food travels? Will societal and governmental pressures yield a bunch more seasonally produced options or will food take even longer to get home? Will new markets open up succeeding in a even wider distribution of wealth? There are so many questions the UK and its neighboring European nations will probably have to examine sometime down the road ahead. And us…with our voracious need for speedy delivery of endless options who knows how all that will pan out…
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