Thursday, September 20, 2007

Think Local, Eat Local

If anyone doubts that supermarkets are bad for the digestion then check the news today. The UK's big four supermarkets and dairies have colluded to keep the price of dairy goods artificially high, the Office of Fair Trade (OFT) has reported. Apparently Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and processors including Dairy Crest and Arla were involved, which has led to consumers overpaying for milk, cheese and butter by an estimated £270m.

Here in Scotland for a long time locally produced butter was the most expensive in Sainsburys, although recently it has come down. More to the point this is all about squeezing out small local retailers so that we all have to go and buy from the Superstores. If you appreciate good food shop local and buy with the seasons and with low food miles in mind.

Check The River Cottage web site where the guru of all things local, Hugh Fernley Whittingstall is fighting the fight


ian russell said...

free-market capitalism, yay!

at first I had to do a double-take because I believed dairy farmers were being squeezed for a long while now - milk is actually cheaper to buy than to produce. It seems they haven't seen the increase in profit.

The Morningstar said...

I was going to make the point that the supermarkets have reduced the price they will pay for milk, we aren't over paying, the supermarkets are underpaying when they pay the farmers.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Appalling that local butter should have been the most expensive.