Compulsion? 

Chef Gordon Ramsay said he has spoken to the Prime Minister about outlawing out­-of-season produce and using locally sourced produce which would cut carbon emissions as less food would be imported.

He has suggested that British restaurants should be fined if they serve fruit and vegetables which are not in season: “I don’t want to see asparagus on in the middle of December. I don’t want to see strawberries from Kenya in the middle of March.”

The encouraging, enabling approach

The innovative National Farmers Union of Scotland set up the ‘What’s on your Plate?’ campaign, in support of Scottish food and farming, which has been running for over three years.

They aim to promote the ‘fantastic natural larder’ that Scotland has to offer, and encourage everyone to buy Scottish food and drink where possible.

The campaign website has a directory showing where Scottish food is stocked, details of what you can do to support the wider countryside, the latest news stories about food and food-related issues, a food blog and a seasonal produce calendar.

Its blog reports the Scottish Government’s launch of a free new smartphone web app which shoppers can use while they’re at the supermarket.

They can search for a particular fruit, vegetable, fish or meat and find out whether it’s in season.

Smartphone users who would like to download the app can do so by following http://m.eatinseason.org.uk

 

A book showing the remarkable range of British foods in season – even during the winter months:

Seasonal Food: a guide to what’s in season, when and why, by Paul Waddington, Eden Project Books

Consult before shopping – or sowing!