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Thursday, August 24, 2006

NEWS: Green fish and eating 'Welsh only'

First the Guardian celebrates Gower cockles available in Swansea market in their article on Britain's most vibrant food markets and now the same cockles have been classed by the Marine Conservation Society as one of the most eco-friendly fish available to consumers. Before you screw up your face in disgust (although they are lovely doused in vinegar and straight from the bag!) you can check out your favourite fish too. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) yesterday launched its latest online guide to buying eco-friendly fish at Fish online for consumers concerned about the sustainability of the fish they eat. The website provides information for 150 species of seafood, with revised lists of 'Fish to Eat' with a clearer conscience, and 'Fish to Avoid' from unsustainable and damaging fisheries.

What I love about cockles is that they are local food, something that is really important to my green journey. BBC Wales health correspondent Hwyel Griffith spent last week trying to eat only Welsh food, he also roped in the Brice family from the Vale of Glamorgan. This is definitely something to try! Hwyel admitted that he settled for cheese and tomato sandwiches most lunchtimes (I think he could have been a little more inventive - although there are countless different welsh cheeses available). His evening meals included chicken with goats cheese and courgettes, as well as lots of good old welsh lamb. Hwyel clearly missed snacking and even struggled to find healthy snacks such as Welsh apples (and banana's!). Hwyel and the Brice's also discovered the art of foraging in Pembrokeshire and tasted blackberry leaves, flower petals, hairy bitter cress and wood sorrel. Hwyel commented "none of the ingredients were any more expensive for being Welsh - in fact I think I've spent slightly less on shopping this week than normal. " Good on you!

Organic Jac

Info: Similar foraging day outs are available locally in Gower (try Dryad Bushcraft) or join the 'Wilderness Gathering' - the bushcraft skills festival in Wiltshire on 1st - 3rd September.

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