As the Sardinian shepherds protest this week against the incredibly low price they get for their milk, I want to discuss (or better raise some questions and drive some thinking) of the price of food.
If you are an affectionate reader you might recall that I already discussed this issue in the past , talking about tomatoes.
But that was a different story, one in which consumers could refuse to buy the cheap product in favour of something more expensive that could support a more sustainable economy.
The problem of today on the other hand , provides a more complicated scenario.
While I am usually surprised by how low the price of a litre of milk is, I find cheese to be often expensive. And ok, maybe I don’t shop at supermarkets too often, and I would never buy ‘plastic cheese’.
And before you come at me with your war axes, I am not a vegan. I love cheese. And I come from a country that (theoretically) values agriculture and good / sustainably grown food instead of massive industrial farms.
So while this week’s protests are about pecorino , that delicious Italian sheep cheese (feeling homesick just thinking about it..), the problems go far and far beyond...
yes, because shepherds are paid 50 cents a litre for their milk, an ultimate low, but a kg of pecorino May cost you up of 22 euros a kilo (it costs the producers approx short of 2 euros 50 to make!). Where are all these extra money going? Certainly not to the producers of the key ingredient. So you think you are being ethical by spending more , but it is not always the case.
What I am trying to say is that while I mentioned before that you should invest more in your food , spending more is not always the key. Confusing , right?
To make matters worse, this week we also had concerning news of insects declining at a faster rate than previously thought. And again, our food plays a part. Commercial , industrial foods grown to make high quantities , use a lot of pesticides that might be driving this collapse . So, again, your choice as a consumer matters for the whole environment .
But how is one meant to navigate this?
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