Food

Nanny State seeks to kill sugar thrills

Helen Clark got hurled out of Parliament for allowing her government to interfere too much in ordinary Kiwi lives. Things like trying to tell people what light-bulbs and shower-heads they were allowed to buy.

Kiwis just want to get on with their lives without being dictated to by nanny state zealots, desperate to push their agenda onto the populace.

So when the academic activists at Otago and Auckland Universities start calling for a 20% tax on cold tea and coffee, most people feel like telling them to take a long walk off a short pier.

But that’s exactly what the taxpayer funded troughers at FIZZ are calling for.

They’re now saying that cold tea and coffees are evil and part of the cause of obesity in New Zealand.

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Troughers tell it how it is?

Unlike the 2013 Supertrougher of the Year Prof Boyd Swinburn, there’s one trougher that, strangely enough, is telling it how it is.

The other week the Taxpayers Union gave a slapping to the organisers of a troughing symposium for fibbing about have HRC’s endorsement for bashing up Big Sugar.

It wasn’t a good start for the organisers of this FiZZ conference, but they trucked on none the less.

Then the troughers behind the Fizz group were upstaged by one of their speakers, our friend Tony Falkenstein, who spent his speaking slot developing a conspiracy theory that Big Sugar… no, Big Coke, deserved to have the same restrictions as the other sin industry Big Tobacco.

See Tony Falkenstein was, and clearly still is, pissed that his cunning corporate strategy of winding up the Big Sugar theme against Coke (and using the naive Fizz organisers),  would result in his Just Water business becoming an acquisition target for Coca Cola New Zealand.

Coke laughed at him. Ever since then Tony Falkenstein has been incensed with Coke. He’s behind efforts to have a class-action brought against Coke and Frucor by Australian lawyers.

He’s even chucking $250,000 at Matthew Hooton to attack Coke and other Big Sugar producers… well that’s what he told me one pissed afternoon in Auckland.

But enough of Tony Falkenstein, let’s get back to the troughers.

Some may have heard of Professor Jim Mann. He’s another one that’s been in the tough for years. So much so that when he is flown around the country on the taxpayer’s tit, he demands a seat no less than two rows from the front, and must have the aisle seat. You can’t make this stuff up.    Read more »

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Why David Shearer had to be replaced as Labour leader

Last year David Shearer surprised everyone by jacking it in and quitting as Labour leader.

He faced an unruly and disloyal caucus, along with an activist membership who were implacably opposed to his way of thinking. They were more inclined to go for a charlatan from the top end of town spouting socialist mantra than follow a leader who actually is smart and proves it.

His column yesterday in the Herald shows why Labour had to replace him as leader…he is focused on solutions not providing systems that encourage and develop locked in entitlement mentalities.

Since my Food in Schools Bill – to provide food to lower-decile schools – was drawn out of the Parliamentary ballot in October, I’ve been rethinking this course of action.

My meetings with principals, doctors, charities and communities have convinced me that some important adjustments should be made to the bill.

My research took me to a wonderful school, Owairaka District School, where 8-year-old students served me a lunch of vegetarian pizza from their own pizza oven, salad from their garden, and muffins made with eggs from their chickens and honey from their hives.

Owairaka is a decile 2 school but the children are kept nourished and learning through this innovative garden-to-table programme.

But more critically, they are picking up the lifetime skills of gardening and food preparation – and they are doing it alongside family and community volunteers who also benefit.

It’s win, win, win – so much better than a hand-out for the kids – and it raised a question I have grappled with since my bill was drawn.

Is it right to impose a one-size-fits-all solution on to every low-decile school in the form of a food hand-out?  Read more »

Cream recall, no one sick, no one dead, compare that to Japan recall

While the media has a rush of poos to the brains over a recall of about 5 or 6 pallets of cream that may or may not have been contaminated with E. Coli from which no one has been sick or died.

Now have a look at what is underway in Japan where thousands have been actually poisoned. Kind of puts the outrage, alarm and calamity portrayed by our media into perspective.

Police in Japan are investigating a nationwide outbreak of food poisoning after over a 1,000 people across the country have fallen sick from food contaminated with malathion. The country’s largest packaged-food maker has withdrawn 6.4 million products.

Some 1.2 million packages have been recovered. However, 5.2 million packages still remain unaccounted for.

“We test products several times a day for evidence of spoilage, based on the law, but we had no reason to believe pesticides would be present, so we didn’t test for that,” Ichiro Gohara, a spokesman for the company, told Bloomberg. “Until now, we haven’t received any reports of problems.”

About 300 employees of Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc., a company that produced the tainted food, have been questioned by police as the investigation has been launched into mass poisoning.   Read more »

Fox for donkey meat is not so bad

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In China police in Guangdong Province have arrested seven people for injecting dirty water in sheep carcasses to increase the weight of the meat hence its value.

CCTV reported yesterday that officials raided the warehouse in a village in Baiyun district and found the men injecting bacteria-filled water into slaughtered sheep as a way to increase the weight of the meat and sell it for a high price, according to Shanghai Daily.

The man in charge of the operation and six workers at the warehouse have been held by police since the raid on December 30.

Officials found 30 sheep carcasses injected with up to six kilograms of pond water along with 335 living sheep, forged inspection stamps, pumps and rubber tubing in the warehouse. Suspects admitted to police that around 50 to 100 sheep were slaughtered there per day.   Read more »

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Meat eaters on the rise

The hippies are moaning because there is a global move toward an animal based diet.

Mmmm….meat.

Apparently eating meat is leading to an environmental disaster.

The fast-growing economies of China and India are driving a global increase in meat consumption, cancelling out decreases elsewhere, according to a comprehensive study of global food consumption.

The work, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, takes a detailed look at what people eat, as well as trends from one country to the next. It is also the first time that researchers have calculated humanity’s trophic level, a metric used in ecology to position species in the food chain.  Read more »

Lauraine Jacobs still at it slagging off Sanitarium

Lauraine Jacobs, the food columnist at The Listener continues to show her personal bias and loathing towards Sanitarium.

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