Can we understand the gap existing between foodmiles (a term first defined by Andrea Paxton in 1990 that became a largely used collective expression) and footprint (a scientific carbon emission measure) by looking at our ways of shopping?
I can think of three ways, but please let me know of others:
1. the fast and convenient way of getting maximum products needed in minimum time.
2. the “flânerie” in getting the needed “stuff” on the way to somewhere else or by simply wanting to take the time for shopping in a day off. I like the idea of “flânerie” attached to a task ( I think of shopping as being one of my least favorite tasks). It also has something of the quality of oral tradition, urban myth and collective imagination.
3. spending the time shopping, on something else. The image of the milk delivery for example would be appropriate to the “flânerie” , the best of all, “flânerie” to the front door, home delivered . We don’t have it in France. Do you still have it up in Aberdeenshire? Would that not be good to have most of the best local produce home delivered?