Food for the millions

…and not just for the starving either.  Last night on BBC2 Jimmy Doherty investigated ways of feeding the planet for the future, staring in Brazil, he visited farmers trying innovative ways of providing food from fields growing soy on an unbelievable scale to farming caipon, a native species of crocodile.  I must admit being rather nervous at watching a program of Doherty’s because the last one I tuned into was his attempt to make at home the convenience foods made for mass markets.  Bread was the subject, unless he was being sarcastic, he seemed to suggest that all the additives and huge amount of sugar, yeast and oil in supermarket bread was a fantastic innovation.  There was no discussion of the taste or healthiness.  So I was a little nervous, although he is known for being an advocate for sustainability…  However there were certainly some positive aspects to last nights investigation, not least the preservation of rainforests by those farmers who not so long ago were cutting down trees for grazing land, are now re-planting.  It seems those of us who want to offset our carbon emissions are paying these sort of people to let trees grow on their ranches.  There was of course no discussion about eating less, local food for local people or population control but I really shouldn’t have expected it.  The most enduring memory is the apple he cut to demonstrate how much of the earth we can grow food on – quite an alarming picture!

cheese-burger a day

Well according to those who know these things, we should all be eating more! MORE !!!

I can’t help but think this is just another little ruse to get people spending a little more – after all any economic activity is good for the economy, even gym memberships! Those who need to eat more will already know about it or are ill, those who know how many calories they take in a day won’t need to worry.  Most of those who follow this advice will probably be those who don’t need the extra food! It amounts to a cheese-burger a day, apparently. If I ate one a day i’d need new clothes pretty soon, not to mention a bypass!  I could cycle each day down to the local ‘ahem’ burger joint, but that would probably negate the calorie intake, so I would have to have two, one for the cycle ride and one for me.  What a waste of time/effort/money*

*Delete as you find appropriate!

Various Items of Food

Well it is our harvest on Sunday.

The grain has been milled into flour, if all goes well…   by tomorrow I should have a (literally) home grown loaf!

The Chillies are now chilli marmalade, some others are almost chilli jelly.

Fairtrade cadbury’s is just mmmmmm….

Grain Mill

Grain Mill

FairTrade Cadbury's Dairy Milk

FairTrade Cadbury’s Dairy Milk