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Avocado Anxiety: and Other Stories About Where Your Food Comes From

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Louise uses a series of stories and real-world examples to show just how complex even the foods we think of as 'simple' are. Very enjoyable and well narrated read/listen covering a lot of stuff we should all be trying to learn more about. She has since followed that up with The Cauldron of Life, The Sword of Light, and The Spear of Truth.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.Above all, how do we stop worrying about our food choices and start making decisions that make a difference? When we come back to look at the early decades of the 21 st Century, the dish that will surely sum up our age is avocado on toast? I believe that by making the consumer aware we can drive those in power to take seriously the role of food in making our population healthier and our environment more resilient. I think instead we could be educating ourselves about the delicious alternatives and the small ways we can make the food system better. In recent years she has written for The Sunday Times, Scottish Field, The Guardian and The Spectator, among others.

Louise is passionate about environmental issues, increasingly focusing on how individuals can make a difference through the choices they make, such as the food we eat.Horticulturalists are learning how to make space for nature by growing crops such as lettuce on vertical farms indoors, and leaving wild land for birds and other wildlife. However, if the vegetables have been flown in by air freight, such as asparagus from Peru (18kg CO2e per kg), it can be up there with steak.

Avocados may not have a heavy carbon footprint but they use up a lot of water, around 85 litres to grow an avocado from Peru. Through visits to farms, interviews with scientists and trying to grow her own, she digs up the dirt behind organic potatoes, greenhouse tomatoes and a glut of courgettes.So much of the modern world would be incomprehensible to medieval peasants, but not the rows of glossy vegetables in our supermarket aisles.

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I can’t completely take away avocado anxiety – I’m not sure I want to, it is a product of living in our age. Born in the Shetlands in 1978, he studied History and Philosophy of Law at the University of Edinburgh, winning the Lord President Cooper Memorial Prize. As pressure grows to share our healthy, environmentally friendly lives on social media, Avocado Anxiety is also a personal story of motherhood and the realisation that nothing is ever perfect.

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