Sunday, August 7, 2011

Back to basics

Over the last ten years, China has been hit by various health and safety crisis regarding food.  The problems with fake eggs, tainted milk and pork is enough to put a lot of people off.  So what's the deal with fake eggs?  Eggs by their very nature is suppose to be a cheap foodstuff.  Yet there was a need to create fake eggs that sell for less, yet there were people gullible enough to buy these.  Tainted milk, which killed and harmed a great many children.  The tainted mild saga was a public relations disaster for China as the export of food products that contained milk was going to be related.  Then there was the pork that was injected with a solution to make it heavier, thus selling for a higher price.  All these are cases of corruption that exists in China.  The need to make hefty profit far outweighs the need to respect the consumer.  The lack of respect of humanity and society is something that blights many modern China.  Can this sort of behaviour be thought of acceptable?  No, it is not.  But China, now as it was then, there will always be people who were willing to gamble high stakes in order to make a profit.  Clearly the need for moral education should be reintroduced in Chinese schools.  People need to understand the concept of shame.

So now we have a minority of people who have gone back to basics and started to grow some of their own food.  And why not, because if you can't trust what is out there, then you have to take control.  Clearly not everybody can do this, but it might be a start and hope that it will catch on.  I wish them well.  Please see this link for the article.

I recently read that there is a keen bee keeping community in Hong Kong.  This is something I quite like.  Almost everything in Hong Kong is imported and for a city that aims to be greener, not a lot has been done about this.  The food miles for Hong Kong alone must be huge, yet few in Hong Kong have thought about growing food or doing more to promote home grown agriculture.  This idea I know will not go down well with the ill-informed, land grabbing, money worshipping Hong Konger.  Perhaps I am crazy?  Actually I am not crazy, but Hong Kong can produce some foodstuff.  The days of cultivating rice has long gone, but what people don't notice is that Hong Kong has much in undeveloped hills, parks and gardens.  Bee keeping is ideal.  I like how HK Honey is trying to promote bee keeping.  It is good for the environment and it helps educate people about the alternatives.  Bee keeping in Central London is well known and we should keep the cities as green as possible.  What's the point of having trees and plants in your parks, if there are no insects to pollinate than.  I am all in favour of making the urban environment greener. 

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