Wednesday August 15thSupporting small family owned fresh food business’s is a very powerful thing to do. Your purchases have far reaching & deep ramifications. Ultimately supporting family farmers, wholesalers, distributors & retailers. All of whom all work very hard to bring you quality and freshness. The duopoly of Woolworths & Coles are currently trying to take market share from this group of dedicated people. This is what has transpired in England, in that there are not many small food business left and many-a Brit don’t like it. The end result is these powerful food retailers hold your food power in their hands. They can give you what they want, and what price they want. NO BODY DESERVES THIS TOTALITARIAN RESPONSIBILITY, but a diverse market place. Too much power leads to corruption and an inward, self interested view of world food systems. Big food companies want to rule & control world food resources. Locally run fruit and vegetable retailers and butchers are a vital link supplying locally grown, seasonal produce to locals in a sustainable future. Don’t let them slip away to the food power brokers support them.
Friday August 31st Food & Diets ain’t what they used to be. Simpler diets for sustainable food and healthier eatingWhen we look at it, throughout the history of humanity, food has never been so widely travelled and over processed as now. Our diets are in effect have become very complicated, comprising of hundreds, if not thousands of extra ingredients compared to all our previous generations. Then there’s the additional plethora of new food additives; new chemical driven food processors and agri-chemicals.Hind site has shown us there have plenty of man-made food disasters including early poly unsaturated margarines & fats (dangerous trans-fatty acid levels that caused heart disease rather than control it); artificial sweeteners (that caused cancers and brain tumours) and many more. There will be, very possibly, more to come. History has already shown us most of these bad food outcomes, once remedied, by enlarge, get swept under the carpet, albeit for more science & food meddling. Modern man is also demanding tastier foods and the fast food and food processing industry is there to cater and promote sweet & sour, often calorie rich, de-nutritionalized mushy processed food. An unhealthy outcome for many who can’t control a healthy diet Another sad fact, in a land of plenty clean, fresh, simple food, is that more food and ingredients are being imported. Foreign, uncontrolled food environments and processors are tainting Australian food supply chains. Making food riskier to eat than ever.Moreover food allergies and food sensitivities are on the rise, begging the question are our bodies dealing with this new generation of food and dietsWe really don’t know what we are doing to our diets when we remove ourselves from simple local diets of the old school. Countless generations of families eating a repetitive diet of simple minimally processed grains, beans, nuts & seeds; fresh meat meats and vegetables. Now thisThe goods news is that with focussed informed shopping and simple cooking methods we still can get pretty close to an old school diet. kiss, keep it simple stupid
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