Archive | January 2012

We need better food labelling…

This morning, we (my girlfriend and I) were going shopping at the big Tesco Extra supermarket at Canada Water. This was actually the first time that it was really quiet and not many people were around. Shopping between 9am and 10am seems to be the way to go if you like space, take your time and actually do not have to wait at the tills. I will definitely do that more often.

As we were in a great shopping mood and had the space in front of these never ending product shelves, we decided to take a look at what we buy comes from and if we can find products that are produced locally or at least are not imported from some country ont he other side of the world. This is a really great thing to do as you will discover where the product actually comes from and you will be surprised! We are not just trying to reduce our environmental impact with this little change in buying behaviour, but I think it will also help the UK economy and your shopping basket a little bit healthier as you are more likely to buy seasonal products and reduce the carbon footprint enormously. Additionally, I really do believe that the consumer – meaning all of us – has the power to change things for the better.

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speed shopping by {foto obscura}

But back to food labelling and the difficult task with some products to find out where they were produced. For example, we were looking for some lentilsĀ  and you can imagine that there was an amazing diversity of colours, shapes and labels to buy from. However, all of them did not mention on the packaging the country of origin. We could find out that there were packaged in the UK, but that was all. And this not the only product where you will have difficulties finding the actual source. It looks a bit better in the meat and fruit & vegetable section as most fresh produce will have a label that at least shows the country of origin.

Another thing that makes it difficult for buyers is that most products coming from different markets and are packaged in various countries. Therefore, you will have all sorts of labels claiming different things. If you just think of the organic food labelling. There are a few bodies that can certify in the UK, some more in Europe and everybody has their own label. This is very confusing and you never know what think of if you don’t know the label. This has lead us to do a bit more research on some of the labels, but this again time consuming and if you have a busy lifestyle it is hard to do. However, I do argue if we would all inform ourselves a bit more about food labelling and start changing our buying habits, I am convinced that we can change it for the better.

Please share your thoughts.

PS: If you like to read more about where your food, cloth and other things in your life come from, read: Confessions of an eco sinner by Fred Pearce. A really good read! For more information on the environmental impact of food production, watch: HOME on youtube for free. Pictures you will not forget.

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Fascinating colourful glass

I recently visited the Dale Chihuly exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery at New Bond Street in London. Unfortunately, it is only a small exhibition of his great works, but the lighting was just perfect. I have already seen some of his works a few years ago at Kew Gardens which was really impressive. One impression here:

glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly in London/U.K.

Image via Wikipedia

Here are some of the best pictures I managed to take with my new Samsung Galaxy SII phone. I really like that it has such a great camera with 8 Megapixel and it was the first time I really tried to take some pictures with it. The only thing I can say – Great stuff! I never thought I can make these kind of pictures with a mobile phone….

Coral of glass

For some more pictures, just check out my 500px account here: 500px.com/Mavegyver

Another great thing about this exhibition is that it is free. It will close in 5th February 2012, so be fast if you want to get to see it. If you will not be able to make it for this one, I am sure that there is the next Dale Chihuly event around the corner. And if you cannot wait until then just visit Claridge’s on Brook Street and enjoy the Chihuly chandelier in the Foyer.

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