MORE THAN JUST FOOD TO DI­GEST

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

DO YOU ever won­der where your food comes from and how it is pro­duced? There is a lot of in­ter­est in food from a health per­spec­tive – the rise of the su­per foods shows how lu­cra­tive a good pro­mo­tional cam­paign can be. The health scare around im­ported berries and pre­chopped sal­ads last year alerted many peo­ple to the po­ten­tial dangers of raw prod­ucts. But there is also an eth­i­cal com­po­nent to food con­sump­tion. Be­fore you chow into a crispy piece of ba­con, do you won­der whether the pig was born in a sow stall? Did your eggs bene­dict come from caged hens? As you en­joy morn­ing cof­fee, do you know if work­ers were ex­ploited to pro­vide you with a much-need caf­feine hit? What her­bi­cides and pes­ti­cides were sprayed on the golden wheat that went to make your toast? As con­sumers, we can in­flu­ence the way food is grown and pro­cessed. It is time we looked a lit­tle deeper.

Rick Lee - re­gional ed­i­tor

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