OPEN SEASONING

 

We can all debate about the most ethical diet, the healthiest diet or the most environmentally-friendly diet until the cows come home and tell us to stop eating their babies. Personally, I don’t think we should be eating as much meat as we do, but neither do I believe that cutting it out completely is a good idea. 

So, this is the deal. My partner and I decided to try our hardest to eat locally, and eat seasonally. We now buy as much as we can from our local market/fishmonger/butcher and we have charts telling us what herbs/vegetables/fruits are in season in Britain at what times.

Because our basic view is, we need a slight regression. Today we can go into a supermarket and buy whatever we want, whenever we want, and that is great for certain needs (i.e. celiacs), but honestly, we do not need so much choice. I don’t really need to be able to buy asparagus in December and I do not need to buy cauliflower in May (though I friggin love cauliflower, I had a dream once that I married a giant one).

Now i’m not going to go off on a rant about consumerist society and blah blah blah because I’ll get bored, you’ll get bored, your neighbour will get bored, my mum’s dog will get bored, and everyone will wish they had ice cream. So instead, I skip all that stuff, we all assume I’ve made interesting and compelling points, and now I conclude that actually, eating seasonally is a good way to to step-by-step, re-engage with how we should be eating, support our local economy and, most importantly, our ecosystem.