Saturday, 1 March 2014

Green beans from Ethiopia

Green beans from Ethiopia

Tonight we will be eating green beans from Ethiopia!  

When we went to the supermarket yesterday and when bought these, we did not notice the country of origin.

Ethiopia is located on the East side of Africa, next to Somalia. 80% of its agriculture is exported which in turn generates employment there. This seems like a good thing, that is if the farmer gets his share.

Eating vegetables from far away comes with a couple of questions for which I would love to find some answers:

  • These green beans were the cheapest. How come? How can this be fair to the farmer?
  • How can we make sure European pesticide/GMO regulations are enforced?

Any ideas?