The Cree Indians had a saying-
Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money.
— 19th century Cree Indian saying
It’s pretty famous and I’m sure you’ve heard it. I think pretty soon we’ll all be chomping on crunchy green notes. But they’ll have to be plastic notes because there’ll be no trees left to make paper.
I’ve been hearing for some time that the last of the market gardeners around Sydney have been selling their land to property developers. The Maltese and Chinese market gardeners used to provide a great deal of produce to Sydney from their market gardens in the Horsley Park area.
So how will we get enough food?
Farmers are struggling with extreme weather conditions. In Australia we have become used to drought, locusts, bush fire and sudden flooding – all not good for crops and livestock. Farmers have a mean taskmaster – the supermarket chains who pay them pennies for their stock but sell it for megabucks. I’m sure that if any farmer had a viable alternative they would leave the land in a flash.
So that leaves overseas purchases. A great deal of food is grown in China but we eat that produce at our own risk – if we are concerned about dodgy pesticides and gross fertilizers (human excrement). Anything coming in from overseas could be irradiated and/or genetically modified. I mean, we don’t know what they’re doing to our food grown in Australia, but at least it’s our own germs so to speak!
Most food choices contain either or both – soy protein and palm oil. These crops are both no-nos. Soybeans are now one of the chief denuders of the Amazon Rainforest. There are Brazilian farmers out there right now, hacking down the Amazon so they can grow more soy beans for European pigs and for our bread. The same is happening in Argentina. Since the Argentian peso was floated the Argentinians have fallen on hard times and now they have fallen prey to soy bean global manipulation. They have chopped down their forests too, endangering many Argentinian forest dwelling species, so that more soy beans can be grown.
As for palm oil, most of South East Asian jungles have now been burnt to the ground so that more palm trees can be grown. Where palm oil used to be supplied by Nigeria, the incredible demand for palm oil worldwide has seen supply shift to South East Asia. Now that they have burnt down their own jungles, Indonesia is about to start burning down the jungles in Papua New Guinea. We can expect two million hectares of virgin jungle to be burnt down in the next few years. The aim is to grow palm oil plantations and yes, soy beans.
Soy beans are mostly genetically modified. Palm oil is a thick yellow oil that clogs the arteries.
Since we can’t buy a loaf of bread that doesn’t contain soybean protein, or a bar of soap or chocolate, or a biscuit or cake that doesn’t contain palm oil, our food choices (if we are concerned about our health) are seriously diminished.
Hence, I suggest we all live on Nudies. Nudies are the most delicious fruit drinks. They don’t contain palm oil or soy beans. They contain no sugar or preservatives and they are good for you. In fact, my father who has just recently suffered congestive heart failure and can’t eat, only likes to drink Nudies. And I have to agree, they taste delicious. I emailed the company to tell them how they’re keeping my dad alive and they told me that this is not the first time they’ve heard this story and that lots of children who don’t like eating fruit really like Nudies.
So what lives do Nudies save? Well off the top of my head – they are keeping my dad alive; they are nourishing children who won’t eat fruit; they are not causing jungles to be burnt down in either South East Asia or Brazil and hence they are saving orangutans, tigers, snakes, monkeys, butterflies and big spiders.
And they’re not paying me to say this either! But let’s face it, there’s not much in the way of alternatives with regard to wholesome foods to eat out there. So, drink a Nudie and keep reading those food labels – avoiding soy protein and palm oil – and do the environment and your health a favour.
That was a bit tongue in cheek, but the sentiments are sincere, and the gravity of the global problem not to be underestimated!
The picture at the top was taken from http://www.globalteer.org/projects/volunteer-indonesia-wildlife-rescue.html They rescue orangutans.