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It's Not The Destination But The Journey?

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I don’t know about you but the distance that my food travels before it comes to my market matters to me.  Given I don’t have a good farmers market in my city I’ve become more accepting that most all of the food I buy comes from other countries – but I’m still not happy about it.  For example - I live in Florida – the land of the orange, however, 9.9 times out of 10 the oranges I buy at the market come from Brazil, Mexico, or China.  I have to go out of the way and go to a grower who has a stand (and in North Florida that’s not easy to find) to buy true Florida oranges.  On top of all this, it’s saddening to think that the only items in the market it seems to have a ‘made in’ sticker are fruits and veg – there are no requirements on another products to represent where the contents come from.  I was watching the local news a week ago and they were covering food travel and stated that it’s hard to find anything in a box or can that doesn’t have something in it that came from China.  I don’t have issues with things being made in China; however I do have concerns about their level of food safety compared to that of the US.  With the recent issues one green bean manufacture had here in the US I know problems can arise anywhere, but I would think we have better safety standards?  I could be totally wrong on this only my assumption.  Anyhow, I would love to have my own farm so I could grow my own fruit, veg, and meat so I could control its makings – but for now that is just a dream…  Anyhoo – here is an interesting article that deals with food travel and the environment...

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/06/opinion/06mcwilliams.html?_r=1&em&ex=1186545600&en=c10fde0c6e7e596c&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin

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