The Prime Minister has ‘killed off’ the idea of a carbon tax. A bad idea which would have played into the hands of the environmental lobby, filling the pockets of their paymasters.
Should the government also forge ahead with the impractical project insisting all homes attain EPCs of C and below by 2030? Unachievable at best, potentially damaging to old properties, and at worst causing health issues to some of those living in them.
The frantic rush to become ‘green’ through powering everything across the nation by electricity, from battery operated cars, mobile phones, cooking, manufacturing, power stations, heating systems - even if disguised as ‘ground or air sourced heat pumps - is perhaps a slippery slope with no exit strategy.
The growing dependence upon electric power from wind turbines, many off the coast of Brighton and beyond, is not so very ‘green’.
What we are not told is they are mostly made in China, shipped across the planet, and stood in concrete on the sea bed. Or, that they often don’t generate enough electricity over the course of their useful lifetime to justify their carbon footprint before being decommissioned in 20-25 years.
This does not compare well to generating electricity from domestic gas, mostly more efficiently from an emissions perspective and using modern engineering in a well-regulated oil and gas industry. Compare this to importing turbines from China, and consider the thousands of migratory birds, including kittiwakes and sea eagles, killed by the turbines.
I believe Boris should reflect on the age old proverb ‘don’t put all your eggs into one basket’.
Growing up on a farm in Scotland Rubies in the Rubble founder Jenny Dawson learnt to be resourceful and creative with food.
Food waste is an issue that occurs throughout the food supply chain. Some produce is discarded before it even leaves the farm, some is rejected when it arrives at the supermarket or restaurant, and some simply ends up in household bins or compost heap.
Surviving the journey from farm to fork is an increasingly complicated journey with many hurdles along the way. Often driven by the high demand from the public for ‘perfect’ looking fruit and veg, over-forecasted demand and inefficiencies in storing and distributing.
Rubies in the Rubble is a sustainable food company that makes delicious relishes and ketchups with fresh fruit and veg that would otherwise be discarded.
When ingredients aren’t standard size they become tricky to process for the major food processing companies, including well-known household brands. When a tiny onion or odd shaped carrot for example, doesn’t fit into peeling machines, it is discarded as the over mechanised processing plant cannot handle them.
Rubies in the Rubble based in London, works with farms across the UK, bringing the freshest and wonkiest ingredients to their factory in Devon. With their growing range of delicious award winning chutneys, relishes and ketchups, they provide a practical solution to food waste.
In 2020 it became the first UK condiment brand to become a certified BCorp, meaning they put people and planet in line with profit, and see business as an active force for good. They were also awarded Great Taste Producer.
Jenny’s delicious and sustainable products are available in all Waitrose stores across the South East and beyond. Give your taste buds a treat at the same time as supporting farmers across the country and cutting down on waste.
Thousands of tons of fresh fruit and veg have been rescued which some labelled as ‘a load of rubbish’ - Jenny takes that as a ‘condiment’!