can you really buy green?

The debate is really hotting up about ‘green’ consumerism.

George Monbiot wrote a piece in the Guardian recently arguing that buying green is not good enough, we should be buying less, and ‘ethical’ options are becoming just another way of showing how rich you are. Now the chief executive of the National Consumer Council, Ed Mayo, has written a piece in response saying that buying green does make a difference.

Presumably the sensible middle ground is to buy less rubbish, and make sure the stuff you need – like food – is sourced as ethically as possible? Besides, it doesn’t even have to be more expensive. A Riverford box is ususally cheaper than supermarket organic food, and compares very favourably with their non-organic produce.

One response to “can you really buy green?

  1. I think the issue of buying less needs to be raised though. I was raised by a mother who’s fridge was completely empty before the weekly shop and where throwing any food away was unheard of – things got used in some way (veg soup anyone?) before they perished – and as a last resort frozen.

    However, after sharing student accomodation, and later on a house with other ‘professionals’, I noticed that my mother is the exception rather than the rule. The amount of food I’ve seen others throw away has shocked me. This is not limited to those who can afford it – I’ve seen people in poverty throw food away.

    I guess it all comes down to what your ‘growing kids’ initiative tries to remedy: people don’t know how to grow, prepare and preserve food.

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