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  • 16 February 2011 - Chinese companies mass producing fake rice out of plastic…

    … well, that’s what Natural News has reported. Like a previous story about fake eggs being produced in China, we don’t know if it’s true, but it’s still worth reading. Check by yourselves:

    “According to a report in the Korean-languageWeekly Hong Kong, the manufacturers are blending potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic industrial resin to produce the imitation rice. A report inVery Vietnam states that an official from the Chinese Restaurant Association has announced that eating three bowls of this fake rice is the equivalent of eating an entire plastic bag. Consuming such plastic material is obviously a serious health hazard, and officials are allegedly gearing up to conduct an investigation into the factories accused of producing the phony rice.”

    The article rightly recalls that this “scandal is not a surprise when considering China’s long legacy food problems, including the 2008 melamine-tainted milk incident where roughly 300,000 … Read the rest

  • 11 January 2011 - Is organic food elitist?

    Dear readers, although the current post can be read in and for itself, please note that it is a continuation of our two previous posts “Why we’ve decided to stop buying food from supermarkets…” and “Who is the ‘authority’ that said that Coca-Cola was safer to drink than raw milk?”

    So, let’s consider whether organic food is elitist.

    First let’s ask the question, is cheap food really cheap?

    Yes, we understand that an industrialised jam sold for $3.50 is cheaper than an organic jam sold for $5.70, but behind the price tag, one needs to also consider the ‘hidden’ costs of industrial food.

    Let’s, for instance, consider the environmental costs. According to Angela Crocombe’s book, Ethical Eating, industrialised agriculture contributes substantially to global greenhouse emissions because of its heavy reliance on chemical fertilisers, depleting the soil of carbon and nitrogen and releasing nitrous oxide into the … Read the rest

  • 9 January 2011 - Who is the ‘authority’ that said that Coca-Cola was safer to drink than raw milk?

    In  a previous post, we shared why we’ve decided to move away from industrialised processed food and stopped buying food from supermarkets. For instance, we recalled that as far as our hormones and metabolism are concerned, there’s no difference between a bowl of unsweetened corn flakes purchased in a supermarket and a bowl of table sugar…

    So what does it have to do with the present post, i.e. ‘who is the ‘authority’ that said that Coca-Cola was safer to drink than raw milk?’ The question stems from the fact that the cola drink, which is an unhealthy drink if one looks at its proportion of sugar (or worse, sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup depending on country of origin), phosphoric acid or glycerine, is considered as safe to drink by health authorities worldwide. In contrast, a number of countries, including Australia, Canada, as well as 28 states in the US, … Read the rest

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