There is no food shortage! All the scary hoo-ha about the
increase in world population and how we (we?) will not be able to feed future generations is simply not true. There needs to be a review of how we eat and what we eat; of what we buy to eat and what we accept in the markets and
supermarkets of our time and in our (first world) countries.
Apparently, a very large proportion of food is simply thrown away because it doesn’t meet our requirements. For example, we are told that we won’t accept vegetables that don’t ‘look pretty’. Rubbish! What has
happened to the funny shaped carrots that we adored to have in our (long ago!) childhoods? Where’s that double (Siamese twin-like) banana we loved having to share? I’m betting that the so-called desire for perfect looking fruit and vegetables has far more to do with the ease of packing and displaying of said produce that the desire of the modern consumer to ‘demand’ perfectly shaped and sized carrots and apples.
On another tack, in Australia, orchardists have been forced to bulldoze their fruit trees as they cannot make a living out of selling their produce locally because it is cheaper for the supermarkets
to source similar products from overseas. How crazy is that? Last week, against my better judgement, I bought two oranges. Only two - and that cost me nearly $3. I had promised to make an orange cake before I realised that it wasn’t citrus season here. Next time I will think before I buy and LOOK before I buy, for, when I arrived home and looked closely at the fruit, I discovered a
little sticker on each orange which proudly stated ‘Product of USA’. Now, I have nothing against the USA, but I cannot understand why we would import oranges from 15,000 kilometres away. Would there be any goodness left in the poor things after travelling that distance, apart from the fact that to bring fruit across the world is ludicrous. And yet, I bought some!
Some re-education needed here.
No, it is not citrus season in Australia right now, so don’t plan on making an orange cake just yet! You see, I’m just as stupid as the next person. I am being educated to expect any sort of ‘fresh’ food to be available at any time.
And don’t get me started about the shocking palm oil industry in third world countries that is leading to the demolishing of useful farm land in order for the production of the hideous palm oil ‘demanded’ by first world food manufacturers.
Whose fault will it be when poorer peoples of this world will have even more difficulty in feeding their families?
It will be all ours!
Meanwhile, right now, I will go out and tend our home vegetable garden.
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