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ARE MIDDLE-CLASS FOOD OBSESSIONS KILLING THE PLANET?

Smooshing avocado on sourdough toast for your breakfast? Maybe you’re grabbing an almond milk latte on the way to work, and roasting potatoes in coconut oil on a Sunday? If so, you’re on trend. But do these seemingly innocent habits have a dark side? Xanthe Clay takes a worldly view

food for thought.

Modern middle-class kitchen staples (So healthy! So now!) are implicated in crimes against the planet. Food crazes in the West lead to rocketing demand and spiralling prices. There’s then a rush to cash in and produce more in the developing countries where many of these crops are grown. Before you can say “soya latte”, large areas of land are turned into monocultures. That devotion to growing a single crop can leave the plants – and the land’s inhabitants – vulnerable to the vagaries of crop failure.

And if that weren’t bad enough, many of these trendy products should carry extra environmental health warnings. It’s time to take off our Instagram-tinted glasses and look at the bigger picture.

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Banish the January blues with delicious. magazine’s new issue. It’s packed with cheer-up food for wintry days, whether you crave dishes oozing melted cheese, the fresh zing and zest of clementines, Nina Olsson’s healthy bowlfuls or a traditional roast lamb from Mary Berry. Looking for more exotic delights? Try the quick Peking duck, sattu parathas or step-by-step sticky babka. plus we have hearty food Le Gavroche-style.
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