Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Local or Fairtrade? Dilemma in times of recession

I was listening to 'Farming Today' on BBC Radio 4 this morning, and heard some Professor urging us to buy Fairtrade rather than buy local. In these times me economic hardship, if wanted to emphasise the social aspects above the environmental, ignoring the food miles involved. I understood his good intentions but isn't it a short term strategy to not try to balance all 3 of the aspects of sustainability? Surely people, planet and profit need to be considered especially in hard times like these? Seems extreme to favour Fairtrade at the expense me local. I'm not sure what the answer is but when I next go to the supermarket, no doubt my basket will have East Anglian carrots, beer and Kenyan green beans in it.
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