What Are We Eating: Fridge Voyeurism in Jerusalem

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Peeking inside people’s fridges is a new series being put on by the BBC, as part of their research into sustainable eating around the world. It is not a new idea, and what people are eating has been well-documented by photojournalists (The Walrus magazine) and also on Internet sites. You can even take a snapshot of your own fridge and send it in.We’d need to do some serious cleaning of ours before we sent anyone anywhere a pic of what’s going on in there.

And while we get a secret thrill of checking out what others may be stocking up on, there is also something creepy about it – like sharing your underwear drawer.

All that aside, a Jerusalem resident Khalil Abu Arqub was interviewed by BBC to show his. What does Khalil eat and where does he buy it?The list includes tomatoes, peppers, lemon, cucumber, bananas, apples, hummous, labaneh, tuna, spam, sugary water, potatoes, pepper sauce (for chicken) and ketchup. In the freezer are 2kg of chicken and 2kg of chicken liver.

He buys most of his goods from the West Bank; the bananas come from Jericho; the hummous, labaneh, potato and pepper sauce and sugary water are homemade.

Says Khalil, “I’m very conscious about the quality of food that I buy for my wife and our five children. I know that some Palestinian farmers use water tainted by sewage to irrigate their crops, and I don’t want my family to eat this produce.”

Produce supplied to Israelis also comes from the West Bank and we’ve always been suspicious on how pesticides are regulated there. A good reason to switch to organic, and to start a small veggie garden on your porch?

Or are you observing shmita and buying only from abroad? For some starting points, see Ornitte’s lovely post on cheap organic options.

And hey BBC, we’d like to see what’s in the fridge of someone from Tel Aviv, or the other side of Jerusalem. Show us for once, that you’re not so predictably anti-Israel.

::BBC

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