Thursday, April 10, 2008

Snow in July? Strawberries in February?

A campaign is underway to get Switzerland's two largest food distributors, Coop and Migros to decrease their importation of fruits and veggies out of season. The title of the campaign, Ras la fraise, is a play on the expression "ras le bol" which means to be fed up with something, to have had enough. The campaign was started by San of the food blog Dans la cuisine des frangines.

The manifesto is online and can be signed by non-Swiss citizens. Why a campaign in the first place? Because fruits and veggies out of season don't taste as good and may have a reduced nutritional profile, because they increase pollution, because their production often involves unethical work practices, because out of season produce separates us from nature's seasonal cycle.

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9 comments:

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Thanks for the heads up, I'll be visiting this site to vote for fruit and veggies IN season.

Have a lovely weekend!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Here, Here!!

verO from delimOOn said...

Un grand merci de relayer cette pétition dans la communauté anglophone.
Le nombre de signatures prouve que San de "La cuisine des frangines" a vraiment touché un point sensible.
Je vais lui communiquer l'adresse de votre blog.
Je suis très honorée de me retrouver dans vos liens culinaires entre "Chocolate&Zuchini" et "Jugalbandi" qui sont vraiment devenus des blogs de référence.
Encore merci
Bien à vous et surtout bonne récolte dans votre jardin
verO

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

And, they are very good for us. Reduced nutrients and often more pesticides. This is something we've dealt with in the U.S. for years.~~Dee

ourfriendben said...

Wow, this is so great!!! (And geez, my French was still up to the challenge!) Now I'm envisioning a campaign like this in the U.S. We can dream! Thank you SO much for posting this!!!

Nan Ondra said...

Hey, Curmudgeon and Wing Nut - did you two get the e-mail I sent you a few days ago? If not, could you leave me a note over at Hayefield? I have something to ask you. Thanks!
-Nan

Kathleen said...

I wholeheartedly agree with that campaign! Thanks for the post. I'll be popping over to sign...

Viooltje said...

Une bonne initiative de nos amis suisses, n'est-ce pas? I agree all the way. Thanks for sharing this.

Anna said...

I was hoping to grow a third leg and mutate into a flying humanoid. Then I'm going to clone myself. Clever huh?