Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Interview with City Market General Manager Clem Nilan

Amira - What does City Market do to be as eco-friendly as possible?

City Market - One thing that we do is that we use all energy efficient light bulbs which as well as helping the environment also reduces our energy costs by about 15% On the subject of energy we have also fitted our roof with solar panels to help reduce our use of non-green energy.

Amira - How does city market feel about supporting local products?

City Market - Well something that you might be surprised to learn is that the average food that you eat has traveled 2000 miles before it reaches your mouth! By reducing imported products and supporting local ones, we can help take trucks off the road and planes out of the sky therefore reducing the amount of gas that is used. By buying local products you can help to keep local people employed and the food will be fresher and healthier.

Amira - Does City Market try to sell a lot of organic products?

City Market - Yes. We work really hard to sell organic things because organic food has less pesticides and petroleum fertilizers.

Amira - What tips would you give to young people about eating and choosing their food?

City Market - One of the most important things to know is that eating a little bit of something that isn’t good for you is fine but if you eat a lot of it then that is where a problem appears. Another good idea is to read the labels on what you are eating. You don’t have to understand every ingredient but if you feel like you are reading a foreign language then the product is most likely not good for you. You don’t need to be a fanatic to stay healthy.

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