Friday, 21 November 2008

"Landline" this weekend....

'Landline' is a really interesting and informative rural program on Channel 2, and this week's episode deals with food miles, so if that's something you are interested in, make sure you catch it or tape it.

I'm not sure when it's on, so you'll have to do a bit of homework yourself, but I'm thinking Sunday some time.

Watch out for it.
Posted on by Rita


Anonymous said...

The only problem I have with food miles here Rita is geography. Like gravity it can be at times a bitch (sorry Germain).
You know in the Uk we import a lot. But then Europe is close, so the food miles are less. Australia is bigger than Europe, so domestic produce by its nature is going to travel further.
You know, if there was one thing I could say to sum up things, without going in to detail, it would be this: This is the Apple Isle, when was the last time you saw and ordered an Apple pie, home baked, on the premises. And soon we head into Cherry season.
Anyone care to comment.


Rita said...

Cartouche - as much as you can glean from one-liner descriptions of an upcoming TV program, I gathered that the British food miles issue is relevant to this episode of Landline, so I'll be watching with interest, as I myself, even though understanding and agreeing with the basic food miles principles, can't see any way past the fact that basically we ARE bloody millions of miles from many ingredients we need for many different foods. That's a given. Similar to if you lived in Antarctica you'd be mega-exceeding whatever food miles law was laid down.
You're right about the Apple Pie thing too, but I had assumed that was because Apple Pie now isn't fashionable to eat, rather than it being a local, supposedly cheaper food item to buy. By the time the stick insects (sorry, the 'health-conscious food lovers') abandon the pastry pie crust, all they're left with is stewed apples which isn't very exciting for todays gastronomes!
Apple season to me has always meant desserts, daily, of Apple Pies, Apple Crumbles, Apple Pancakes, Apple Rice Baked Custard, Baked Apples, Stewed Apples, Apple Turnovers, Apple Fool, not to mention raw crisp apples with cheese, and finally just plain apples to snack on!!
And how can you top a one kg bag of fresh black cherries at peak season bought from the side of the road, and eaten as you drive away from the roadside stall? I've never had fresh cherries last from the shop to home to cook them, so have never been forced to think of cherry recipes! I figure it's got to be a sin to cook cherries, even for jam!
Cherry time is one of my favourite times of year, along with Christmas time, and I love it that they coincide a lot of the time.

R2K said...

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sir grumpy said...

The food miles business is a worry, Rita,
What about poor farmers in S America and Africa who have to export to survive?
Food miles becomes a sort of trade protectionism and is bad for the global economy.
As the economic meltdown gets worse, the very message all national leaders are delivering is that trade barriers are wealth killers.
Food cannot be left out of that loop.