Back in Dubai, extremely tired after a night flight and the stress of the week and having to take the cat for her travel injections, I did a quick shop.
Whilst I had my reusable bags in my car, I didn't have my food nets or an old plastic bag to pack my meat in separately from the rest of the chilled foods.
No apologies for buying a plastic container with pre sliced carrots in at double the price. I suffer with chronic pain and having spent the week removing 101+ screws and nails from the walls of the house, I am suffering and can't hold a pen at the moment, let alone peel and chop carrots.
Having brought back with me in my case some Gluten Free cakes (I'm wheat free) that I can't buy over here, it made me look at the air miles my food has travelled.
I don't normally shop in Waitrose in the UK or Dubai as I find it too expensive, but we have little choice here other than Carrefour and I couldn't take the cat with me to a mall, so Waitrose it was while she was at the vets nearby.
Some foods have travelled quite some distance, others were at least packaged in the UAE, but I have no idea where they are from originally and some foods are actually grown and made locally. I should really make more of an effort to purchase locally grown/made foods and with my husband working in the food industry over here, he should be able to tell me more.
Risotto rice from???? Packaged in the UK
Produced in the UK for the UAE market
Pate from the Czech republic
Beetroot from ???? Packaged in the UK
Smoked salmon from ???? Packaged in the UAE
Yogurt made in the UAE
Vine tomatoes grown in the UAE, sadly in plastic packaging
Do you know where your food comes from and how many air miles it takes to reach your plate?
Unfortunately living in a desert not much is grown here and whilst products can be made and packaged here, produce still has to be flown in.
Did you know Marks and Spencer actually import British milk to the UAE?