A: To quote from Greenpeace’s campaign:- Vast areas of South America – precious forests and other ecosystems – have been wiped out to make way for soya plantations… Chicken is the most popular meat in the UK, it’s our biggest driver of soya imports and its consumption is rising. To read more about this campaign click here
The atmosphere which surrounds the fruit is controlled. It’s know as MAP – Modified Atmosphere Packaging. The composition of the gas depends on the product but it is often a mixture of nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide. Whether the amount of carbon dioxide released when you open your pack of apples is significant in the larger scheme of things we don’t know. We unable to uncover much more about this practice but the Speciality Gas Market Manager for Praxair says:-
The gas for MAP processes needs to be carefully selected to meet the process needs of the foods to be preserved. An experienced supplier can help you choose the right gas blend for your product and process, determine the amount needed per package and can guide you regarding surrounding considerations as you choose the appropriate gas supply and gas delivery system that will help you be successful in your food preservation and protection processes.
despite the appearance of near perfection in imported fresh fruit and vegetables, new research has found that the further they have travelled, the more their vitamin and mineral content deteriorates. Local or sometimes frozen food are more likely to have preserved their goodness.
But hang on a moment. When I pick up a carton of organic Chilean blueberries, Argentinian blackberries, or Zambian sugarsnap peas, all air-freighted from their countries of origin, my carefully constructed rationale for buying organic is shot full of holes.
No air-freighted cherry, avocado, or pineapple can ever be considered as a green, or environmentally aware food choice, but the dissonance between the words “organic” and “air-freighted” is particularly stark. A growing number of consumers, having taken on board many elements of the pro-organic argument, now expect to be able to buy – in organic form- every line that’s available on the conventional produce shelves. But since demand for organic food outstrips supply, many more organic lines are likely to have been flown in. Try to buy organic asparagus today, and the chances are it that has been air-freighted from Peru. If the environment matters to you, then surely it is lunacy to overlook generous bunches of conventional British, or even road-freighted Spanish asparagus, for a few air-freighted organic Peruvian stems ?