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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2007, 15:49 GMT
America: What's in your fridge?
Majy Gibboney

As part of the BBC's season looking at sustainable food, we take a peek in the fridges of people in cities around the world and ask what motivates their food choices.

Majy Gibboney is a high-school teacher from Washington DC, in the US.


Contents: White wine, feta cheese, tortellini pasta, goat's cheese, romano cheese, cream cheese, fresh mozzarella, Danish Havarti cheese, beef frankfurters, Hungarian sausage, cheddar cheese, sauerkraut, hot dog buns, iced tea, bacon, lemonade, cranberry juice, milk, egg nog, soy milk, sports drink, bread, pesto, pudding, pickles, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, steak sauce, tomato pasta sauce, brussel sprouts, lemons, blackberries, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, garlic.

Origin: Wine, bacon, milk, sun-dried tomatoes, pasta sauce from California.

FRIDGE SECRETS

Cheeses from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin and Texas; sprouts, sausage, egg nog and bread from Pennsylvania.

Sauerkraut, buns, pudding, iced tea and pickles from New York; other products from various US states; olives from Greece; lemons and blackberries from Mexico; salad items from unknown origin.


I never think about where food comes from - I think I'm in a little bit of denial. I find it interesting that some of the items that are most perishable, such as the bacon from California and the blackberries from Mexico, are the ones that have travelled furthest to get to my refrigerator.

Also, I've been to Mexico and I'm a little concerned about the conditions in which they are growing the produce. I wouldn't say it seemed very clean or sanitary, so that scares me a little bit.

I would boycott food transported by air if I thought there was some kind of a health risk to the consumer as a result. I'd like to know why we are importing from the international community when we could be growing the produce here. I've also heard that we pay our farmers not to farm, in order to protect the market.

I would say that our [Americans'] bad eating habits aren't so much about not having money to buy more expensive food products but about time. If we are eating unhealthily, it's because we are on a time crunch and are just throwing things together. Most of the items in my fridge will go bad before we use them - we go out to eat a lot, for convenience.

But we do like to go to farmers' markets when we have time. I don't know if there's a connection, but there does seem to be a difference in the kind of people who go there - they seem to be a little more knowledgeable about what they're buying and they look healthier.

Sometimes it bothers me how things can be over-packaged. I do think about the environment and wonder why food needs to be so insanely packaged. I just bought some chocolate-covered pretzels that were child-proof - the plastic was so thick it would've worked as a bullet-proof vest.

I used to live in California, which is supposed to be able to grow just about everything. I was told that fruit and vegetables would be of a higher quality and cheaper because it's all grown there - but it was just as expensive and a lot of stuff was being imported from Mexico.




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