Let’s Go Green in 2017
A good meal is to our taste buds what art is to our eyes, and the satisfaction can be far deeper than simply the sustenance that it provides. We can enjoy flavours combined in ways that are new and exciting, or draw comfort from old and familiar foods and flavours.
Sharing a meal builds community, can heal relationships and bring people closer together – Jesus put a shared meal right at the heart of our new relationships with God and each other. I find great satisfaction when I can look at my plate and identify where each ingredient comes from and that each is ethically sourced without aggravating the plight of our environment, or taking the lives and struggles of others lightly.
The closest place to get reliably sourced local foods is one’s own garden, but if this is not your forte there are still many local sources for food.
Visit the Hampshire Farmers’ Markets and get to know the stallholders. You can ask them about where their farms are, where they trade and how they farm. Get to know local stores (like The Good Life in Headbourne Worthy) and support them as supporting local people is likely to keep the money in the community.
Buying local is not just about reducing fuel consumption, packaging, pesticide and chemical use but is also about building community. It is about finding people who share our values, who believe in more than just profit, and who seek to live gently within their communities and within the world. It is about looking after the soil and valuing life. It builds community beyond our narrow circles that enables us to share with our children not just where their food came from (not ‘Tesco, Waitrose or Aldi’ but maybe Farmer Bill, Ted or Mary), but an attitude to the world and the environment that says there are things more important than price and convenience.
Grow things, cook things and prepare meals with your children and grandchildren in a manner that has them respecting and honouring the ingredients. Talk to them of where their food comes from and do as much of your own cooking as you can. Buy things that have fewer and more natural ingredients.
Buying choices, become buying habits, which affect the things that businesses stock and in turn affect so many more farming practices, which directly impacts the planet, the environment and our future. Know that your choices make a difference. Live locally for life.