Lauraine Jacobs, the food columnist at The Listener continues to show her personal bias and loathing towards Sanitarium.
Tony Ryall can’t be asking the right sorts of questions to his officials. It’s either that or, it’s a case of the officials keeping the Minister in the dark and hoping like hell that their leftie mates in Labour get in and throw even more money after their pet projects.
There’s hardly a week that goes by without some public funded researcher trougher from Otago University calling for a ban on this and a restriction on that. This time it’s, oh surprise, surprise, ex Ministry of Health Senior Advisor, Louise Signal from that hotbed of trougher activity the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit in Wellington.
Louise Signal is gunning for NZ businesses saying “NZ sport is saturated with junk food which undermined the sector’s (she’s pimping for the health lobby) ability to promote healthy eating to players”.
She blames sweets, chips, burgers and sugary drinks and wants the player of the day prize to kids to be a stick of celery vs a voucher for a kids happy meal at McDonalds on the way home. She and her ilk also want to ban kids from being given branded drink bottles and bags for joining up with a team.
But they don’t stop there. They’re also calling for regulation of food served at rugby clubs around the county. No more hot pies, or hot chips while you watch the local team playing in the ITM Cup on a cold wet miserable day. No, instead hand out the carrot sticks and celery stalks – food that she decides is acceptable. Read more »
You won’t hear much from Labour and the Green talking about lowering GST on fruit and veges in order to make them more affordable.
That is because they are already very sharply priced because of changing seasons. Prices for fruit and vege are actually falling.
Food prices have continued to climb in the past year – but the good news is that a flood of seasonal veges has dramatically cut the cost of making a salad.
Prices rose 1.2 per cent in the year to September, the biggest annual increase since February last year.
But New Zealanders’ overall grocery bills were largely unchanged from August to last month as increases for milk and pork were offset by falling prices for vegetables coming into season.
The warmer weather helped to drive down the prices of lettuce (44 per cent), cucumber (27 per cent), capsicum (26 per cent) and tomatoes (8.4 per cent) in September compared to August. Read more »
It could only happen in Japan…a theme park where you can play with your food…that is if your food is dolphin.
It’s the most barbarous bit of mixed messaging since the Icelandic whaler Kristjam Loftsson declared he was making his whaling operation “eco-friendly” by running his ships on – whale oil. The Japanese town of Taiji, site of the annual slaughter of thousands of cetaceans as featured in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, has declared its infamous bay to be a marine park, in which tourists will be encouraged to swim with dolphins – and then eat them in the cafe afterwards. Read more »
With Gareth Morgan’s PR machine in full swing pimping his book Appetite for Destruction, I thought I’d help them out with some pimping skills.
Not content to kill the cats of old age pensioners, Gareth Morgan and his raving zombie activist mate Geoff Simmons are pushing out ideas on how to control people’s lives. Naturally they pump for a fat tax. Read more »
Via the tip-line
The great thing about the tip-line is that it provides an insider’s take on certain issues. The post about the Trougher of the Year? nominee Boyd Swinburn certainly fired up the tip-line.
He’s now in New York on yet another obesity junket. He’ll be hard to beat as Trougher of the Year, but there’s other nominations coming in. Keep em coming.
A reader sent through an interesting question. Would a David Cunliffe Government be more supportive of troughers than the current one?
See Andrea Vance wrote about David Cunliffe’s Naked Ambition in which he said:
His first experience of inequality – standing behind the counter of his local takeaway – also influenced his political leaning.
“The locals would buy fish and chips and the skiers, driving through from Christchurch and Timaru, would get burgers – more expensive, healthier food. I learned that food was a class issue from the fish and chip shop. Read more »