So what’s the best option?
Well, ideally we would be eating local produce that is in season to have the greatest benefit on environmental sustainability. However, in reality, this can be very difficult and can have negative effects on other aspects – such as your finances (farmers’ markets, butchers and farm shops can be more expensive or difficult to reach) and your health (if you don’t live in an area that can produce enough food or variety of food to meet your nutritional requirements).
We have become very complacent in being able to go to the supermarket and find whatever food we feel like, at any time of the year, without considering where it is from, how it was produced, or its true nutritional value. Eating is a pleasure for many people, and experiencing new and exotic flavours is an important part of their gastronomic satisfaction.