Air freighted consumables

In the off season you can find fruit and vegetables that have been air freighted from far flung places like South Africa and South America.  Having found ourselves in a climate emegency it's reasonable to argue that one should wait for the Europe grape season, for example, rather than have them flown in from Chile.

Global trade is necessary, but until we have a sustainable air transport sector we need to be performing glabal trade via shipping.  Which, although creates emissions, it does so at a much smaller footprint than air freight.

I feel that we need some legislation around this, but I'm not sure in what form.  Over to the comments section?

Why the contribution is important

Air freighted consumables is a high carbon footprint luxury.  Curtailing it is 'low hanging fruit', excuse the pun :)

by ozzyjon on February 05, 2021 at 01:34PM

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  • Posted by SimonLanglois February 07, 2021 at 15:37

    It is so damaging to the planet that jets are flying around carrying this stuff. Worse still are when you hear of millionaires sending their executive jets off to Italy for pizza and icecream, or to US east coast for a lobster! Taxing them won't have any effect - they can afford it (unless those taxes were based on a percentage of income/assets!) ;-)

    We should be getting back to eating what's grown locally and seasonally so that we import as little as possible. With the latest greenhouse technology, we could grow virtually any crop at any time of the year for a fraction of the land use and with a fraction of the water required with conventional farming. This would free up a great deal of agricultural land to create woodland and improve biodiversity in Jersey.
  • Posted by philipjohnson February 09, 2021 at 15:48

    Thats a very good point. Jersey could charge to import frit and veg, especially when out of season, and use this money to provide a subsidiary to grow more greenhouse, polly tunnel and a wider range of field gown fruit. Jersey is quiet capable if growing apples, pears, cherries, plums, strawberry, raspberry, nuts and a whole range of vegetables.
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