Melons and Bananas

Melons and Bananas

Melons and Bananas

Melons and Bananas

Give Up Melons and Bananas? Can Biopesticides Help Reduce Carbon Footprints?

The Big Swap, the UK’s most recent Fairtrade campaign (2010), encouraged shoppers to choose a fair trade product instead of their usual purchase.

Almost a million people rose to the Fairtrade Foundation’s challenge between February 22 and March 7 2010.

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That’s great for producers in the developing world, many of them small farmers who often struggle to make a living when they have to compete with import protection and the costs of buying the seeds and fertilisers.

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Here’s what the Department for International Development has to say on Fair trade: “DFID welcomes Fairtrade Fortnight. It supports its message of making trade work for the developing world. But our commitment to fair trade is not just confined to two weeks in February. We believe that trade is a very powerful way to reduce world poverty, which is why we work throughout the year to improve trading opportunities for poor countries.”

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But this also presents consumers with a seemingly insoluble dilemma – when we’re also being encouraged to reduce our carbon footprint by buying local to combat climate change. If shoppers are persuaded to stick to buying local it impacts on farmers and often their families, it also has the potential to alienate some of China’s most creative and enterprising chefs, who are unlikely to sit by and watch their factories being destroyed around the globe, destroying their livelihood.

Is it possible to have your cake and eat it, just as long as we stick to using local products?

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In a recent report, Oxford University Professor of Environmental Studies, Prof. Willieoker says, it is “completely reasonable” to limit household waste to 60% of its present level, based on the assumption that Americans throw away only 10% of their food. He adds that this ratio would have to be better for the planet, for it would imply that Americans are much less hungry than previously guessed.

However, Prof. Willieoker also cautions that this is not a foregone conclusion and suggests that further research is needed.

When it comes to the issue of สล็อตเว็บตรงไม่ผ่านเอเย่นต์ waste, consumers have a powerful lobby working in their favor. Yet food producers have no such leverage and may be expected to increase food waste to the benefit of unscrupulous restaurateurs.

This last is a legacy of previous generations, who thought that home cooking was synonymous with effervescence and class.

Now, in our volatile world, it’s clear that too much of what we see as traditional and familiar cooking is infused with too much of the familiar, which is why too many of us find ourselves growing out of date habits and away from the family garden.

The good news is that there is no need to rush back to the kitchen. Allow yourself to cool and enjoy yourself in the meantime with a few (not necessarily fresh) meals taken from the freezers of your dorm room or a friend’s apartment.

Love long suffering smoothies? Add crushed ice and a tablespoon of water to make them deliciously creamy!

Fresh fruits and veggies can also be used as substitutions for meat. Cut off a few of the thickest ribs, and make a salmon sandwich with some homemade mayo.

If you are worried about color and the ‘fishy’ smell of fish or about the amount of calories salmon requires, you can fatten up your thighs and breasts on a nutrient rich diet of:

Grill salmonovers for brunch! Add a little at breakfast to keep the calories down, and pile on the greens and other goodness.

The most important thing is to eat smart. With great recipes and the right foods at home, there’s no reason to hunger while others around you are having all the fun.

Just remember that food equals food, and the great ones are just as healthy as the average snack bar.

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