How do you see the future of purchasing your food? Are you to be found in a Farm Shop at weekends carefully selecting each piece of fruit and veg, talking to the butcher about cooking techniques or are you a ‘click and get it delivered’ sort? Did you know that if we don’t make active choices to buy handmade food directly from farm shops/butchers/bakers/greengrocers the Robots are coming to get us! I’m not joking, never mind worrying about the amount of plastic everything is wrapped in, the much longer-term view of grocery shopping is already happening when you shop online with Ocado, their warehouse is all done with Robots selecting the food items in super-quick time. Amazon have grocery deliveries arriving on the same day in some cities already. Meanwhile the packaging companies have the plans in place for ‘Intelligent’ food packaging that will know when you have finished it and can automatically reorder itself and arrive the same day at your door, potentially by driverless vehicle and of course paid for automatically online. While that might sound very tempting on a wet day in January and you have just finished the biscuits, is it really the future you want for your food and your children’s food education? I think humans will continue to want to talk about food, its our national obsession in the UK! We will want to continue to choose our raw ingredients, smell the different fresh fruits at the greengrocers, squeeze a loaf of bread to check its fresh at the bakery, and talk to the owner of the Farm Shop about the gossip of the day. I would suggest that shopping for our food is actually much more important to our national psyche than maybe we realise, don’t let the future catch up with you, take action, find our nearest Farm Shop/Independent Deli/HomeBakery/Butcher/Greengrocer grab a basket and go! You will save money, support your local economy, save plastic bags, get exercise and enjoy the chat.