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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In recent years she has written for The Sunday Times, Scottish Field, The Guardian and The Spectator, among others. She covered UN climate change talks, GM foods and the badger cull during five years as the Environment Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph.

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. For her second book Avocado Anxiety And Other Stories About Where Your Food Comes From, the author explores the role of fruit and vegetables in shaping our environment. I can’t completely take away avocado anxiety – I’m not sure I want to, it is a product of living in our age.Essential reading for anyone that eats, Avocado Anxiety takes you on a journey through food and its impact on our planet. In one meme it was claimed eating avocado on toast rather than saving money for a house, was preventing young people getting on the property ladder. So much of the modern world would be incomprehensible to medieval peasants, but not the rows of glossy vegetables in our supermarket aisles. 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. As pressure grows via social media to post pictures of food that ticks all the boxes in terms of health and the environment, these food stories from the author of the award-winning The Ethical Carnivore are also a personal story of motherhood and the realisation that nothing is ever perfect.

Above all, how do we stop worrying about our food choices and start making decisions that make a difference?Born in the Shetlands in 1978, he studied History and Philosophy of Law at the University of Edinburgh, winning the Lord President Cooper Memorial Prize. By turns fascinating, moving and funny, Louise Gray gives readers the knowledge they need to make more informed choices about what to eat. This book avoids the doom and gloom that often comes with discussions around complex problems with our food system. All that unblemished produce would immediately speak to them of a society that had solved the problem of how to feed itself; a society that did not require the majority of people to strain their backs coaxing calories out of the ground. 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.

A vegan diet generally has a lower carbon footprint, unless you are living off exotic fruits and vegetables flown in from abroad. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.Generally, fruit and vegetables have a lower carbon footprint because it takes a lot less energy to grow a plant than to raise an animal.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.Picked by The Times as one of its environment books of the year, journalist Louise Gray tracks the story of our food from farm to fruit bowl, asking what impact our voracious appetites have on the planet. When we come back to look at the early decades of the 21 st Century, the dish that will surely sum up our age is avocado on toast?

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