It’s all too easy to find garbage for sale and poorly described as “Fresh Veg”. Too often the length of time from harvest to kitchen results in something limp with little flavour and texture. Nor is the resultant item demonstrative of the diversity, taste or the rich history of vegetables. Is it any wonder that some people find vegetables a chore when there is so little choice and the produce purchased is far from its best?
The most important thing to consider when buying vegetables is the variety and whether or not it’s in season. Out of season produce has been frozen, transported, stored and is generally treated like a “product”. Not produce.
Cooking to preserve or enhance the flavour is also important. A good omnivorous cook should have plenty of vegetable dishes up their sleeve! An interesting diet is a diverse one; it should be rich with vegetables with the meat as an accompaniment. And let’s face it, boiled vegetables become tiresome very quickly.
So let’s all get better acquainted with vegetables and matters of deliciousness. More
When CEOs can sneeze and earn a million dollars whilst family farmers are packing up to go, you know that something is Wrong. We can grumble and moan, but whilst we do… some farmers are putting in the hard yards and making up something totally new. They know that food grown well, with flavour and with the support of their community is the way they’ll not only survive, but thrive. More
Anna Lappe of Food Mythbusters summaries the insidious marketing practices of Corporations in selling food to children. And kicks it with her closing:
“Food companies say that it’s up to parents to raise healthy kids. And that’s why I say to those corporations, then leave parenting to us. Don’t tell children what’s good to put into their bodies! And to the junk food industry I say this, my children—all of our children—are none of your business.”
Healthy food systems are the foundation for healthy lives, communities, economies and ecosystems. In order to build a future for Melbourne in which we can all thrive, we need a food system that is sustainable, resilient and fair. More
Desertification of the world’s grasslands, Allan Savory suggests, is the immediate cause of poverty, social breakdown, violence, cultural genocide — and a significent contribution to climate change. In the 1960s, while working in Africa on the interrelated problems of increasing poverty and disappearing wildlife, Savory made a significant breakthrough in understanding the degradation and desertification of grassland ecosystems. After decades of study and collaboration, thousands of managers of land, livestock and wildlife on five continents today follow the methodology he calls “Holistic Management.”
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced last week that it is investigating claims that Coles and Woolworths are bullying suppliers. The issue is serious, but the ACCC investigation only treats the symptom and diverts attention away from the real cause of the problem: supermarket power. More
You may or may not know that I’m studying Public Health, focussing on health promotion to prevent chronic disease. I’ve published a few of my assignments online; these were food and physical activity interventions based in an American food desert, a Pacific Island and in Mexico. More