qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Egregious Ethics

I've more or less stopped going to the Farmers' Market in Newbury, as the nice sausage stall hasn't returned and I find it a bit of a round trip for no real return. Today I ventured to the more nearby Reading market, as I had a few other bits and pieces to do in town. It wasn't brilliant, but I got some eggs, and chicken wings which we have had for lunch in a tomato and basil dressing.

It's been plain for a while that whilst some stalls are absolutely in the spirit of the market, others have more dubious claims. The number of cake stalls has sometimes made it look more like a meeting of the WI, and then there was the chap with the sign "(non) ORGANIC MUSHROOMS". More on the pollution of farmers' markets here.

One of the other things I had on my list to acquire was more potting compost, as we've more or less run out. I'm always surprised how hard it is to find peat-free compost, given the publicity about the destruction of peat environments. Of a large array on offer, just one or two were labelled "peat-free"; fortunately, one of them was quite suitable for me. But the most egregious product I saw was a bag labelled "organic compost - with added peat". Instinctively that seems every bit as bad as organic fruit and veg produce that's air freighted in to the UK.
Tags: food, garden, green
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