Posted: 17/11/2013 at 12:04
If we, as customers, don't buy the properly reared stuff and more interesting breeds, the growers will go out of business and those breeds will be lost. As long as the animal or veg has had a happy life it's good to eat and contains more nutrients for us.
I find intensively reared meat and veg is pretty tasteless so I grow some soft fruit, herbs, veggies and salads and buy organic poultry and eggs, organic or local and thus recently harvested seasonal fruit and veggies, properly reared pork and lamb. I rarely by beef as the main Belgian Bleu Blanc beast is almost fat free and so tasteless. There are occasional offers on Scots or Irish beef which is grass raised but even then it's expensive so it's an occasional treat.
We have to be realistic but fair. Thank heavens for the RHS and its schools, community gardening and Edible Britain in Bloom programmes designed to promote gardening and Grow Your Own around the country. If only Belgium had one.