Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Local and regional food

I mentioned the government initiative dat.gov.uk in my Sunday post and looking at it this morning I found this suggestion from James Shedden
Take the farmers market to the web - have a searchable map of local food producers. Often small producers or farm shops don't have websites so finding out about them can be difficult. For example try finding a fish shop outside of a city these days....

If you want to add your support to the suggestion then you could comment on the article on data.gov.org

I don't think there is anything like this on German websites but I did find some interesting advice on food and nutrition which includes an encouragement to buy regional produce - bunt ist gesund.

Der hessische Agrarstaatssekretär Mark Weinmeister hat die hessischen Verbraucher aufgerufen, frisches Obst und Gemüse aus der Region zu kaufen. „Gerade bei frischem Obst und Gemüse aus der Region ist der Vitamingehalt besonders hoch, da die langen Transportwege wegfallen. Buntes Obst und Gemüse ist zudem reich an Pflanzenfarbstoffen (Flavonoiden), die gegen Bakterien und Viren wirken und entzündungshemmend sind“, sagte Weinmeister. Wer frische Produkte aus der Region auf dem Markt kauft, tue seiner Gesundheit Gutes.

Another site I want to explore further is was wir essen I was please to see it has lots of info on food production as well as the usual health and nutrition advice. This would be a good source for learning German vocabulary about food and food production.

Do let me know if you come across any more useful sites about food - über Lebensmittel

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