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Discussion in 'Food, Nutrition and Recipes' started by Celeriac, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. Celeriac

    Celeriac Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just because there are two shops ten minutes' walk away, doesn't mean that everyone is obliged to use them.

    People may not want to walk along country lanes without pavements in bad weather/dark. They may be unable to walk that far because of age, injury or disablement. Even if healthy, they may be unable to carry all the shopping they need if it includes laundry powder, dog food, 2L containers of milk and spuds to name a few. Not everyone has a car. The shop might not have much gluten-free or lactose-free food for example, or it may be way more expensive.

    Shopping wastes time. It takes time to get round the store and time to queue, even for self-service tills. It must be worse for parents towing kids. In London, some of the supermarkets have security guards not just to prevent theft, but also muggings. I had my purse pickpocketed in Sainsbury's once.

    Any delivery charge or postal charge that I pay for food, is far less than the return train or bus fare to bigger towns. It costs 2.95 on the bus to do the 2 mile round trip to my nearest supermarket so I walk, but it's a town with pavements and I don't do it in the rain. I buy my favourite American organic herbal tea on Amazon for 4.99 and get free postage from their distributors in Sweden - you can pay that much in Holland and Barrett. The Fortnum and Mason organic gluten-free Christmas pudding that I bought last year was cheaper than the Waitrose Duchy and Heston from Waitrose ones.

    People can have a variety of good reasons not to buy from the nearest supermarket. Generally, one van delivering to many people is far more environmentally friendly and keeps the customers from making more car journeys.
     
  2. AndBreathe

    AndBreathe I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    Have you considered how many food miles your organic eggs from Cole and Able have travelled, as opposed to sourcing from a local farmer, where you can probably see the chickens go about their business?

    I must say, I am extremely fortunate to have access to a farmer, with farm shop business locally. He is down a horrid lane, but I quite enjoy choosing my butchery etc, and selecting which cuts of meat I want to buy and have it butchered as I want it, in front of my eyes.

    I'm afraid some of the organic stuff we see may be marketed a ssuch, but I have my doubts. Also, there are, in my view, often-times other moral debates going in my mind. For example: I can buy a supposedly organic pineapple, from Costa Rica, in my local greengrocer for around £2. I can't buy a decent pineapple, on an island known for its pineapples for that amount of money.

    How does the farmer make any money out of those £2 pineapples, when post harvest, they are flown 5000 miles to market?

    That's just my own view. I guess we each have our own brand of food snobbery.
     
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  3. DeejayR

    DeejayR Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    This thread had opened out nicely.
    The more I think about the food chain the more complicated it becomes.
    I can see where my eggs come from by looking out of the window. The chickens live 20 yards away at Rachel's house (she also spins wool among other things) and roam all day among neighbouring gardens whether the owners care or not.
    My veg comes from Jason's shop and he gets up early to go to market, and also has deliveries.
    Ron the butcher has blackboards listing the local sources of all his unprocessed meat and makes most of the sausages etc (which I don't eat) in the shop. He also sells orange-yolked Dorset eggs (from just across the border) at £1 for 6 :)
    Our baker, also Jason, starts work at 3am and by 7am the smell of hot bread is wafting along the street :( Alas, I have stopped visiting him, but Mrs DeeJay hasn't!
    Vanessa runs the health food shop where I can get decent stock cubes, yeast extract, xylitol, almond flour etc. but it costs. I sometimes use mail order.
    I get dairy stuff from the Co-op and the butter is from Somerset. But does it go to Manchester or somewhere first? You never know.
    My allotment yields all kinds of things according to season, usually in inconveniently large amounts at one time, so I spend hours washing, preserving, bottling and freezing. One local charity shop takes surplus stuff. I swap things with neighbours. The total cost per tomato etc if you include time and labour must be frightening.
    My brain hurts now so I'll stop.
     
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  4. June_C

    June_C Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    What a lovely way of life you have :)
     
  5. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    Love your post.
    And I am VERY jealous.

    we have a farmers market, 3 miles away, which I cannot get to, because it is in work hours. :(

    and an excellent local butcher to rival the posh one in the nearby town (they source their meat from the same place, and the posh one justs adds nearly 100% mark up)

    But we aren't in the kind of area that has the suppliers you do @deejay although you are definitely inspirational! I must try harder to source local and save all those unnecessary miles and fumes and driver costs.

    Thanks! :D
     
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  6. al_leister

    al_leister Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I eat this beautiful, healty food every day. Recently some Tesco stores have discontinued it though the large stores still stock it. Asda sell the smaller pouch which is not great value. Tesco price for the following is approx £4.95.

    Milled Flaxseed Sunflower Pumpkin & Sesame Seeds & Goji Berries (425g)
     
  7. sanguine

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    I did once have some organic veg boxes delivered (not where I live now) but the quality and choice was not the best so I reverted to the shops where you can still buy organic if you want to but more importantly you can pick and choose the ones you want.

    We are lucky here in having a real greengrocer in the town which is so much fun to visit and chat with the staff and other customers, they will order anything for you for next day delivery as long as it's available. And there are also the veg counters at Morrisons and Waitrose, both walkable.
     
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  8. Jaylee

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    Wow. You seem to misunderstood the demographic in my Wiltshire village. Like the old boy & his ailing wife that do make the trip hand in hand to the local shops. Daily excersise & a social lifeline.. (Interesting guys to talk to when encountered.)

    "Shopping wastes time." We are not that far evolved down the line that a little expenditure of energy (mental & physical.) "hunting" for food is above the human race..
    Indeed "pre historic" social groups would take their young out with them passing down knowledge foraging & trapping..

    Even the trip into the "big smoke" on a bus (a mini adventure in itself.) has been denied in favour of a few seemingly agoraphobic clicks on a website "bottlenecking" the world to the door & swinging a truck tailgate into the face of the old timers in the narrow lane still bothering to live life.. ;)
     
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  9. I wish people wouldn't use the word "agoraphobic" in their rants in such a way as I feel it undermines a very serious, debilitating mental illness. That's my rant for the day.
     
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    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    My profuse apologies Avacado.
    My remark was by no means intended to mock sufferers of this condition..

    I feel that the home delivery "solution" could cause more social problems down the line for families on a wider scale because in short, one member of the unit couldn't be ***** to do a bit of shopping one night on the way home from work..?
     
  11. Celeriac

    Celeriac Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    " I feel that the home delivery "solution" could cause more social problems down the line for families on a wider scale because in short, one member of the unit couldn't be ***** to do a bit of shopping one night on the way home from work..? " WHAAT ??

    Luckily for me, my husband doesn't feel that I'm failing my wifely duties by having food delivered. LOL.

    When we first lived together, it was in the country and villages are expensive places to shop when the nearest supermarket is ten miles away. We had an allotment though and did manage to find cheap local free range eggs but in the South East many villages are deserted during the day and don't even have local shops. Some might only have one bus a week because so few people used the service.
     
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  12. DeejayR

    DeejayR Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I'm adding flax seed to my list of possibles to grow and harvest next year. I'm looking here for starters.
    http://rawedibleplants.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/flax-linum-usitatissimum.html

    Thank you, we think so. Such a shame that the coachloads of visitors who used to enjoy the quieter old town are now directed to new cafes, a new £4m themed visitor centre ... and Tesco.
    Sitting in the little park outside the town hall among the roses in summer I've been asked several times by annoyed day-trippers, "Is this all there is?" :sorry:
     
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  13. Celeriac

    Celeriac Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    As a teenager I lived in a picture postcard village on the tourist trail and we would get really fed up with people knocking on our front door asking if they could use our loo because they were too cheapskate to go to the pub within view.
     
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  14. AndBreathe

    AndBreathe I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    Deejay - I could put myself up for adoption? Well, part-time, maybe.
     
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  15. Jaylee

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    I think we can both agree & accept the modern "family unit" & partnerships come in many formats.. :cool:

    My wife & I are both "hunters".. Communication is key. We carry mobiles in the jungle. This is a useful tool which helps us avoid targeting the same moose! (Or the same cleaning products for that matter?)

    I'm glad your husband is happy in Stepford.. ;)
     
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  16. Celeriac

    Celeriac Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Now that I've been jabbed with the flu by the new practice nurse..

    I don't buy tropical fruit other than organic Fairtrade bananas - cheapest place is Sainsbury's as sold by weight, next cheapest generally Lidl. I certainly hope the Fairtrade scheme works. I buy coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut garlic sauce, coconut vinegar, coconut cream, coconut milk and when I can find it, Zico coconut water - but not the actual fresh coconut. I've not seen any of them offered as Fairtrade. If Fairtrade organic is available I will buy it.

    I have tried organic boxes and generally there are too many things we don't eat. Abel & Cole has just started a new system so you can swap out more of the things you don't like. Ocado boxes aren't bad and if you have a SmartPass you get 10% off. Riverford is probably the cheapest but has less of a range than Abel & Cole.

    My husband's comment on Stepford isn't repeatable lol
     
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    If there are no fairtrade coconuts, can there be any fairtrade coconut derivatives?
     
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    Patricia21 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I havent read all the posts.
    I buy Linwoods either direct from Linwoods or Holland a Barret when they have offers on.
    Once opened should be kept in the fridge,both hubby and I have it so it only lasts a couple of weeks.
     
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  19. Jaylee

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    Probably not. :D

    My local shop is only a few minutes walk from a well known music studio... A thriving bustling place for "musos" & locals to meet/network/socialise & exchange ideas.. :cool:

    But you do portray is a scene at your local Sainsburys of the "great unwashed" epically queuing for food while Dickensian gangs of Jamie Oliver types steal handkerchieves... :p
     
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  20. Celeriac

    Celeriac Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Nah, that's ASDA ;) Lidl is full of BMWs, Mercs and Range Rovers. My purse was stolen in Sainsbury's though, yes
     
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