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Avocado Anxiety: and Other Stories About Where Your Food Comes From

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If our ancestors could time-travel to one location in the present, where would modernity astound them most? Louise uses a series of stories and real-world examples to show just how complex even the foods we think of as 'simple' are. She covered UN climate change talks, GM foods and the badger cull during five years as the Environment Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. As consumers we can cut food waste by eating our leftovers and embracing the wonky carrot, we can eat plant proteins like broad beans and grow our own courgettes.

Essential reading for anyone that eats, Avocado Anxiety takes you on a journey through food and its impact on our planet. This isn't pro or anti industry/meat/veggie etc, it simply gives a balanced view of the 'grey' area that most food issues come with. In an effort to make sense of the complex food system we are all part of, Louise Gray decides to track the stories of our five-a-day, from farm to fruit bowl, and discover the impact that growing fruits and vegetables has on the planet. She has since followed that up with The Cauldron of Life, The Sword of Light, and The Spear of Truth.

She covered UN climate change talks, GM foods and the badger cull during five years as the Environment Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph . The UK’s most popular fruit is so cheap because it relies on a monoculture built on cheap labour and the clearing of rainforests. By turns fascinating, moving and funny, Louise Gray gives readers the knowledge they need to make more informed choices about what to eat.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.However, if the vegetables have been flown in by air freight, such as asparagus from Peru (18kg CO2e per kg), it can be up there with steak. I can’t completely take away avocado anxiety – I’m not sure I want to, it is a product of living in our age.

When the water is coming from places suffering water shortages such as parts of Spain and South America this can cause droughts, harming local populations and wildlife. Avocados may not have a heavy carbon footprint but they use up a lot of water, around 85 litres to grow an avocado from Peru. Instead, it’s hopeful and balanced and still manages to cover an impressive breadth of material without ever feeling overwhelming or preachy. Avocado Anxiety encourages understanding the science behind one's food and demonstrates the global impact of every meal. I believe that by making the consumer aware we can drive those in power to take seriously the role of food in making our population healthier and our environment more resilient.As a nation we do not eat enough fruit and veg (only a third of adults eat the recommended five-a-day), we need to start filling our plates with vegetables from farmers and growers we trust.

Picked by The Times as one of its environment books of the year, journalist Louise Gray tracks the story of our food from farm to fruit bowl, asking what impact our voracious appetites have on the planet. Established in 2009, Tippermuir seeks to add to the cultural life of Scotland by publishing interesting and worthy books in English and Scots. As pressure grows via social media to post pictures of food that ticks all the boxes in terms of health and the environment, these food stories from the author of the award-winning The Ethical Carnivore are also a personal story of motherhood and the realisation that nothing is ever perfect. Trying to make sense of it, environmental journalist Louise Gray tracks the stories of our five-a-day, from farm to fruit bowl, and discovers the impact that growing fruits and vegetables has on the planet.

In one meme it was claimed eating avocado on toast rather than saving money for a house, was preventing young people getting on the property ladder. So much of the modern world would be incomprehensible to medieval peasants, but not the rows of glossy vegetables in our supermarket aisles.

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