Avocado Anxiety: and Other Stories About Where Your Food Comes From

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Avocado Anxiety: and Other Stories About Where Your Food Comes From

Avocado Anxiety: and Other Stories About Where Your Food Comes From

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As a nation we do not eat enough fruit and veg (only a third of adults eat the recommended five-a-day), we need to start filling our plates with vegetables from farmers and growers we trust. I can’t completely take away avocado anxiety – I’m not sure I want to, it is a product of living in our age. This isn't pro or anti industry/meat/veggie etc, it simply gives a balanced view of the 'grey' area that most food issues come with.

I believe that by making the consumer aware we can drive those in power to take seriously the role of food in making our population healthier and our environment more resilient. Above all, how do we stop worrying about our food choices and start making decisions that make a difference? In a quietly confident manner, Avocado Anxiety makes you think for yourself on matters that can only be described as universally urgent. Gray, a journalist who specializes in food and environmental issues, is not afraid to get her hands dirty.However, if the vegetables have been flown in by air freight, such as asparagus from Peru (18kg CO2e per kg), it can be up there with steak. Horticulturalists are learning how to make space for nature by growing crops such as lettuce on vertical farms indoors, and leaving wild land for birds and other wildlife.

Through visits to farms, interviews with scientists and trying to grow her own, she digs up the dirt behind organic potatoes, greenhouse tomatoes and a glut of courgettes. She has since followed that up with The Cauldron of Life, The Sword of Light, and The Spear of Truth. Louise is passionate about environmental issues, increasingly focusing on how individuals can make a difference through the choices they make, such as the food we eat. Louise uses a series of stories and real-world examples to show just how complex even the foods we think of as 'simple' are. By turns fascinating, moving and funny, Louise Gray gives readers the knowledge they need to make more informed choices about what to eat.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Avocados may not have a heavy carbon footprint but they use up a lot of water, around 85 litres to grow an avocado from Peru. So much of the modern world would be incomprehensible to medieval peasants, but not the rows of glossy vegetables in our supermarket aisles.

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