Some supermarkets have a "dismal" ethical record when it comes to supporting British farmers, buying local, seasonal and sustainable food and saving energy according a Government watchdog.So what..?
Frankly, the last thing on my mind when I enter any supermarket is 'wonder what their ethical record is like..?'
I'm concerned with price, availability, and quality. The idea that some government flunky has given it more or less points according to whatever barmy fad is all the rage in Westminster is the last thing on my mind.
So, who gets black marks, then? Well:
Asda, Lidl and Aldi come out bottom in the study by Consumer Focus, the Government-backed watchdog, with D grades.Ah. The ones that give you the best deal. Fancy..
Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's both received an A grade.Well, of course...
Julian Walker-Palin, Asda's head of sustainability, said: "Sourcing certain products from the UK would mean creating artificial growing environments with a higher carbon footprint than sourcing overseas and that is without considering the massive importance of our trade with developing countries so they can trade their way out of hunger."Why not just do away with this 'watchdog' and let buyers sort it out? Why are we paying money to be told what we should buy?