1.A Trial - It is
an experiment for 1 week, so its not going to kill anyone if we don't
make it or do fall short in some way, yet at the same time given that
it is only a week, we should 'go hard' and see what we can achieve.
1.How far back in
the production of an item do we go?
Decided to focus
on first level of production primarily and then others only if possible.
2.This is just one issue amongst many that impact sustainable practice. Discussion over whether we should introduce other issues to make a more wholistic approach (ie. eat kangaroo from South Australia rather than local lamb) or hold strictly to the 'food miles' issue given that this is the focus of this experiment.
Decided to be strict on this one issue. It is important to define task and not be overwhelmed by possible wider goals. Acknowledgment that each individual / household may treat this slightly differently and that this is okay.
3.Road transport versus rail was discussed. Should this be included in the info gathered?
Decided to gather this information to guide our preference only if possible. (Secondary consideration).
4.How fixed on the
160km radius are we?
Decided to keep strictly to within 160kms. (Likely to take other learnings into daily life after trial anyway).
5.'Food Miles' refers to distance from production to consumption. In reality, the picture for many goods is far more complex given that many foods are comprised of composite ingredients coming from many places before being combined together.
Decided ingredients of composite products should at least 90% sourced within 160kms.
6.The trial is not about trying to make people feel guilty but rather to encourage us to think more about the environmental impacts of our food as well as supporting and having contact with local producers. It is also being ruthlessly honest about the things we actually need, and things that we think we need (coffee for some people is a tricky one).
Decided to ruthlessly document successes and shortfalls.