Locally Sourced or Imported: Which Type of Kids’ Food is Better for the Environment?

Could it be better in terms of reducing carbon emissions to import some produce from developing nations rather than rely on locally-sourced products?

That’s what super supermarket Tesco CEO Terry Leahy thinks and the UN is inclined to agree.

We don’t do a lot of food politics here at Gastrokid but it strikes me that understanding the most energy-efficient way of producing the food we eat is actually a really important issue for both Gastroparents and Gastrokids alike.

Let us know your thoughts on the imported/locally-sourced debate and watch this space for more environmentally-friendly food news….because if this site is about eating healthy and eating well then it should also be about eating responsibly, no?

- Matthew

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2 Responses to Locally Sourced or Imported: Which Type of Kids’ Food is Better for the Environment?

  1. Don’t even get me started. As a gastrokid, in a sense, I live and eat locally and sustainably. There is very little that I will buy that is out of season and not grown close. I can’t even tell you the last time I bought a banana or a mango! Its just a shame how far most of our vital fruits and veggies are carted to get to our grocery stores. Farmer’s Markets all the way!

  2. Jean says:

    Yes but…what about supporting sustainable farming practices in other parts of the world? Fair trade coffee initiatives? Artisanal producers of high quality olive oils?
    We live in New England and preparing to say goodbye to corn and tomatoes until next August. But our climate precludes the production of olive oil and coffee — two products we’re not about to give up. So our compromise is to support small producers committed to fair trade and sustainable practices.

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