Let's buy local

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 March 2013

The outrage against horsemeat being sold as beef should make us all think twice about supermarket shopping.

Some prices may be lower than those in family-owned shops, but what about the downside?

On the television we learn of cattle or meat being transported from Romania to France and then to the Netherlands for processing before it eventually arrives in some different form in the hands of UK suppliers.

What do you know about the length of the food chain?

Most ready meals sold in supermarkets have passed through many hands during the long-haul journey around Europe, and then it requires numerous inspectors to try and detect any fraud.

What’s more, this meat has to be refrigerated for long periods in different types of containers, and, of course, this whole pantomime is very damaging to our delicate climate balance.

We are very lucky here in Exmouth to still have several family butchers, such as Reynolds, Lloyd Maunder and Porky Down.

Meat in the smaller shops is usually locally sourced, and the shop owners can know the farms who have supplied them. Devon is a farming county, for goodness’ sake.

Why should we be importing beef from overseas at all? Let’s support our local farms and local shopkeepers.

The last thing our high street wants is another supermarket on the rugby ground. The tragedy is that our whole way of living has been fast moving in the wrong direction.

Noel Harrower

Via email

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