We’ve been having meals entirely from Australia: lamb sausage and ribs, sweet potatoes and white nectarines, salad — even the olive oil and BBQ sauces are Australian.
Folks here seem rather proud about this, as they should be. We picked up a bag of avocados from a roadside stand outside of town on one of our excursions for a few bucks. The oranges in the grocery are labeled from here.
This makes me wonder: Is there enough water, are the farming practices here sustainable? Does that make up for the “food miles” part, where a lot of stuff is local and therefore has a lower carbon footprint?
This equation, interestingly enough, doesn’t hold for the wine and beer. For some reason, foreign beer is about the same price as local — which is expensive! And the wine is cheap! With the exception of the stuff that I think of as cheap when I am at home abroad, like the Yellowtail or Rosemount. I have yet to find out why. The only thing I can guess at the moment is that beer is the alcoholic drink of choice, and therefore folks are willing to pay a bit more for it… and wine is special, but not that special.