Intensive farming is big business. Demand outstrips supply, and with this comes not only growing produce out of season but also in huge quantities. To achieve this often requires growth hormones and antibiotics, which can cause many animals to be overdeveloped and deformed, in order to produce more milk or appear plumper.
It is sometimes assumed that everything in the kitchen garden has to be sown or planted in the spring. In fact, any number of vegetables and herbs can be started much later - and it is infinitely better to grow a succession of produce anyway because this avoids a glut.
Having just had a week off work I found myself meandering slowly round my local supermarket (I usually do a mad dash) and reading food labels. I do this from time to time to see if anything is easier for the consumer to understand.
Every day is similar, but not similar enough to allow complacency. There's always a twist to keep us on our toes. "When will dinner be ready?" Granddad asks. "At 12 o'clock" I reply. "What time is it now?" he asks. "11 o'clock," and then before the minute hand has moved... "when will dinner be ready?" Oh no I think, bit early to be starting this isn't it?