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Provenance and Sustainability

Not that long ago the big debates around food were over organic and genetically modified food.  Increasing people are aware that the industrialisation of food has meant the addition of preservatives and synthetic ingredients.
Add to this the growing understanding of the ethics of animal husbandry and the growth of the fair trade movement and it is hardly surprising people want more information about the foods they eat.
Now there is increasing focus on being able to trace what's on your plate back to its place of origin and to understand how it has been grown and harvested it and what has happened to the food since it left the farm.
Taste is also a reason why people are becoming more interested in food provenance with over three quarters of people in a recent research exercise believing food tastes better when you now where it comes from.
Here are some of the key areas to consider:
Air miles:  There are foods that cannot or are not produced locally.  Where possible choose products that are shipped by sea
Animal Welfare:  Consider whether you would prefer to eat only organic or free range animal derived foods.  If they are not labelled as such they are likely to have been factory farmed
Artificial Additives and Stabilisers:  Is there a good reason for them to have been included or is it a sign of over processed food
 Environment:  That as far as possible the foods you buy and eat have not been intensively farmed and are not grown in areas subject to high levels of pollution
Fair Trade:  that there is a policy in place to ensure the farmer and farm workers are paid a fair price for what they produce
 Organic:  Organic food is food which has been produced to standards designed to keep the production more 'natural'. Fewer, if any, chemicals are used and most pesticides are banned.  It is more expensive as intensive farming methods are not used.
Processing:  Processed foods have been altered from their natural state for price, convenience.  Many foods are highly processed and include trans fats and high levels of salt, sugar and fat.  Always read labels with care
 Sustainability: Try to ensure that the foods you buy are sustainably harvested and minimise harm to the environment.  Be it in terms of the way they have grown or the amount of packaging they use and its recyclability
Green Bay Harvest was founded as the result of these concerns.  With Green Bay harvest foods you can be confident that:
Green Bay Harvest know where the food has come from.  We believe it important to really get to know our farmers and bee keepers.  We meet them all and have processes in place to ensure the highest quality standards
Green Bay Harvest know how the food was produced and how close to the natural state it is.
 At Green Bay Harvest it is of primary importance to us of being able to trace a food from the farmer to the plate.
Green Bay Harvest ia a small family business all of whom have a passion for food and its intrinsic goodness. Every food or range we sell is checked, tasted and checked throughout its life cycle to ensure traceability, excellence and taste.

Not that long ago the big debates around food were over organic and genetically modified food.  Increasingly people are aware that the industrialisation of food has meant the addition of preservatives and synthetic ingredients.

Add to this the growing understanding of the ethics of animal husbandry and the growth of the fair trade movement and it is hardly surprising people want more information about the foods they eat.

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Now there is increasing focus on being able to trace what's on your plate back to its place of origin and to understand how it has been grown and harvested it and what has happened to the food since it left the farm.

Taste is also a reason why people are becoming more interested in food provenance with over three quarters of people in a recent research exercise believing food tastes better when you know where it comes from.

We know that our honey comes from hives situated in the beautifully clean New Zealand countryside.

 

Here are some of the key issues to consider:

  • Air miles:  There are foods that cannot or are not produced locally.  Where possible choose products that are shipped by sea
  • Animal Welfare:  Consider whether you would prefer to eat only organic or free range animal derived foods.  If they are not labelled as such they are likely to have been factory farmed
  • Artificial Additives and Stabilisers:  Is there a good reason for them to have been included or is it a sign of over processed food
  • Environment:  That as far as possible the foods you buy and eat have not been intensively farmed and are not grown in areas subject to high levels of pollution
  • Fair Trade:  that there is a policy in place to ensure the farmer and farm workers are paid a fair price for what they produce
  • Organic:  This is food  produced to standards designed to keep the production 'natural'. Fewer, if any, chemicals are used and most pesticides are banned.  It's more expensive as intensive farming methods are not used
  • Processing:  Processed foods have been altered from their natural state for price, convenience.  Many foods are highly processed and include trans fats and high levels of salt, sugar and fat.  Always read labels with care
  • Sustainability: Try to ensure the foods you buy are sustainably harvested and minimise harm to the environment.  Be it in terms of the way they are grown or the amount of packaging and its recyclability

 

Green Bay Harvest was founded as the result of these concerns.  With Green Bay Harvest foods you can be confident that:

  • Green Bay Harvest know where the food has come from.  We believe it important to really get to know our farmers and bee keepers.  We meet them all and have processes in place to ensure the highest quality standards
  • Green Bay Harvest know how the food was produced and how close to the natural state it is
  • At Green Bay Harvest it is of primary importance to us of being able to trace a food from the farmer to the plate

Green Bay Harvest is a small family business with a passion for food and its intrinsic goodness. Every food or range we sell is checked, tasted and checked through its life cycle to ensure traceability, excellence and taste.

      

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