Remembrance Sunday took place today, when many of us stood and reflected for a few moments on the ultimate sacrifice given by brave men and women to keep us free. A member of the association which represents the Merchant Navy was interviewed and spoke about how in World War 1 the UK had only 6 weeks food left in the country, after which a surrender would have been inevitable. Fortunately, the development of ship convoys literally saved us all.
It got me thinking about how I take for granted the plethora of food I can access all year round, with little thought of its origin and the precarious nature of the food chain.
It is only fairly recently (in my lifetime, no I am not that old)) that food is not just available according to the season. As a little girl it was a real treat to have oranges any time, and I had an orange in my Christmas stocking each year. This is a tradition still enjoyed by my daughters to this day.
Nowadays, we really can eat strawberries at Christmas, bananas all year round and even meat from alpacas, bison and kangaroo!
So I am going to remember that I am free thanks to others, I will be more grateful for all the good food I can enjoy, and I will be more mindful of the people who produce, transport and deliver my food from all over the world.
I shall not forget.