Food

No wonder the world is in trouble: first liberal lefties, then ISIS, now this

Didn’t they read the news the other day?

Vegetarians are sicker and more mental than meat eaters, but apparently on the rise in New Zealand.

Vegetarianism in New Zealand has grown 27 percent in the past five years — and that’s largely down to more men changing their diet, according to a recent study.

Roy Morgan Research has revealed that 63 percent more men than four years ago say all the food they eat — or at least almost all — is vegetable-based, with nearly 10 percent of all Kiwi males now referring to themselves as vegetarians.   Read more »

Vegetarians are unhealthier, more mentally disturbed than meat-lovers

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Yummy meat

Anyone who eats meat already knows this.

It’s no secret that many vegetarians are also radical environmentalists and climate alarmists who are obsessed and hysterical about the planet burning up. Perhaps the University of Graz in Austria has discovered one reason why: their “unhealthy” diet.

A new University of Graz study concludes that vegetarians are more often ill and have a lower quality of living than meat-eaters. According to the German press release, vegetarians “have cancer and heart attacks more often”. The release also says that they show more psychological disorders than meat eaters. Consequently, the report writes, they are a greater burden on the health care system.   Read more »

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I knew it…Black Pudding is a Super Food

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I love Black Pudding…it is delicious…and I have enjoyed it since a young child. There is nothing better than eggs, bacon and black pudding…fried of course.

Now I find out that Black Pudding is a super food.

Each year brings its fair share of dietary fads, especially in the world of health and nutrition but 2016’s new buzzed-about foods are weirder than ever.

While 2015 saw the clean-eating Instagram brigade fuss over coconut oil, avocados, kale, acai and agave, 2016 will see tree water replace coconut water and an obscure South American root be added to smoothies and bakes.

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Robyn Toomath throws in the towel and the toys out of the cot

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Will this set a chain reaction in motion?

Today we find out long time obesity activist Robyn Toomath from the Fight Obesity Epidemic has thrown in the towel, but not before first chucking her toys out of the cot.

Her comments are priceless.

“Clearly I’ve made no progress. There’s not a single thing that comes to mind other than the district health boards are going to provide a healthy food environment for their staff,” she said.

If there was only a “we” in that statement other obesity troughers could well be asked to seriously look at their positions as well and their achievements.   Read more »

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Food prices drop in last month, Labour’s ‘crisis’ works again

Remember when Labour declared milk prices were too high, that supermarkets needed regulation and also fresh fruit and vegetables were too expensive and so they needed to remove GST from them.

They also claimed that manufacturing was in crisis, it immediately recovered. They claimed that there was a brain drain and there was an immigration crisis, which promptly reversed. The last crisis was in milk prices and that has rebounded too.

Now it appears food prices have dropped in the last month.

Falling fresh milk prices led the way for grocery prices to go down last month, Statistics New Zealand says.

“Grocery food prices fell 0.8 per cent in October, led by a 5.7 per cent fall in fresh milk prices,” Statistics NZ consumer prices manager Matt Haigh said today.

Seasonally lower prices for fruit and vegetables also influenced the overall drop in prices.   Read more »

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Labour to introduce sugar tax by stealth

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You’d have thought that Labour had learned from the last time they wanted to go all nanny state on us all.

Last time it was light bulbs and shower-heads….now it is Watties Tomato Sauce.

Labour wants the food industry to reduce how much sugar goes into processed food in an attempt to reduce childhood obesity.

New Zealand has the third-highest adult obesity rate in the OECD and Labour’s health spokeswoman, Annette King, has unveiled details about how her party will tackle the problem if it gets into government.

In her speech to the annual conference in Palmerston North today, Ms King said Labour would work with the food industry to reduce the amount of sugar in processed food.

It would be voluntary at first, but would eventually move to being a requirement.   Read more »

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M0012517 Portrait of William Buckland Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Portrait of William Buckland Mezzotint By: S. Cousinsafter: T. PhillipsPublished:  -  Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

“Bring ‘Em Back Alive and Ready to Eat”

A Victorian Food Hero, a Gentleman whose Ambition it was to Eat an Example of every Animal in Existence

William Buckland set the stage for his son’s lifelong appreciation of taste as a diagnostic character in natural history. Guests at the Buckland house might be, and were, served anything from mice to ostrich, along the way including hedgehog, puppy, crocodile and snails. Guests spent a queasy night after a dinner of roast ostrich at the Bucklands’, but one regretted having missed the toasted mice. William Buckland himself does not appear to have hesitated in the use of the sense of taste in analyzing the natural world. Visiting a cathedral at which spots of saints’ blood were said to be always fresh on the floor, never evaporating or vanishing, Dr. Buckland, with the use of his tongue, determined that the “blood” was in fact bats’ urine. He mused in print as to whether the common mole or the blue-bottle fly tasted worse.

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Oh look another Labour crisis solved

In June Labour were claiming that food prices were too high, especially prices of milk products.

They said that it was awful that Coke cost less than milk, which seemed a bizarre comparison. And David Farrar pointed out to them that they picked the one month in the last two years when in fact milk was cheaper than Coke. Subsequently, after they declared a crisis Stats NZ released figures for the June quarter that showed that food prices had slumped.

And now, stats are out to show a further decline in prices for the August quarter.

New Zealand food prices declined in August, as weaker prices for cheese, butter and fresh milk drove down the price of groceries, and meat prices fell, making up for stronger fruit and vegetable prices.

The food price index fell 0.5 percent in August from July, following two months of gains, Statistics New Zealand said. The decline was 0.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis. Prices were up 0.4 percent compared with August last year.   Read more »

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Photo: Ken Gammage. This is a photo of Edsel Fong Ford along with his routinely 'abused' customers. Sit down and shut up.

Photo: Ken Gammage.
This is a photo of Edsel Fong Ford along with his routinely ‘abused’ customers. Sit down and shut up.

‘Sit down and Shut up!

 The Worst Waiter in History

I dared to ask what someone at the table next to me was eating; the waiter grabbed the plate from their table and offered me a taste! Haven’t been there in years, but it is forever etched in my memory.

Sam Wo, is the venerable old-time Chinese greasy spoon. The building is about 10 feet wide and five stories tall. You enter through the kitchen, past the woks and chopping blocks, pushing past the cooks, busboys, and waiters. Then you climb a tiny stairway to low ceilinged floors with six or seven small tables and a dumbwaiter. If the floor is full, up to the next, until you find a table. The third and fourth floors were the bailiwick of the world’s rudest, worst, most insulting waiter, the legendary Edsel Ford Fong. He had a brother named Henry Ford Fong, who had the first and second floors. I guess their Dad really liked Fords.

I had the bad idea of asking for sweet and sour pork and a coke. “You Retarded? No coke!! Tea Only!! No sweet and sour!! You see on menu?!! You get house special chow fun…No fork, chopstick only…What you want, fat man?” answered Edsel.

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More good news, another Labour declared crisis solved

Labour declared a crisis in the food industry. Over the years they have called for GST to be removed off fruit and vegetables, called for inquiries into supermarkets, competition and exorbitant milk prices.

It’s a good thing they declared a crisis, because it has been corrected now…by the market.

Cheaper milk and bread have contributed to the household grocery food bill dropping by more than 2 per cent in the past year.

Statistics New Zealand figures show overall food prices decreased 0.1 per cent in the year to June 2015.

This follows eight consecutive food price increases since the year to October 2014.

But lower priced fresh milk and bread led to a 2.1 per cent decrease in grocery food prices for the year.

In June, the price of fresh milk was down 2.6 per cent.

Compared to June 2014, the price of fresh milk was down 6.7 per cent.   Read more »