I’ve been working on my Wreck This Journal for over a year now, and am pleased to share some of the lessons that I have learned from it. One of the more unexpected reflections that I have had is about how far the fruit that I regularly consume has traveled.
Most of the fruit stickers that I remembered to salvage in the past year were added to my journal while I was living in Scotland, yet the locations from those stickers are suggestive of some kind of round the world tour. I have stickers from South Africa, Turkey, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Belize, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Mexico, and the USA, just to name a few. That’s pretty exotic for a snack, especially when you consider how much fuel has to go into getting those tasty fruits all the way to your refrigerator. This is of great concern to me since I have been trying my best to lower my carbon footprint.
Now that I’ve returned to Canada, I spend a lot more time looking at where my fruit comes from. In the summer and early autumn there were lots of local choices; apples, berries, peaches, pears, or plums, but as the winter draws closer I expect to see more exotic fruit appearing on the menu again. I’m not saying that I intend to give up fruit, but paying closer attention to travel distance and trying to make more local choices is the best option that I can think of for the time being.
And, of course, making sure that I eat all of the fruit I buy before it goes bad!
Do you pay attention to where your produce comes from? How do you manage to buy locally during the winter months? I would love to hear your ideas.
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