Tag Archives: food

Let Them Eat Cake– Or Potatoes!

American farmers are making money by converting corn and wheat fields as part of the effort to reduce the impact of oil on the economy. In so doing, their actions are part of a world-wide inflation in food costs which make it difficult for poor people to afford food. In Bangladesh, which is ruled by a millitary government, its head urged people to reduce their demand for rice and turn to other foods such as potatoes. According to General Moeen Ahmed, “eating potato with rice will reduce its demand alongside fulfilling nutrition requirements.” He admitted local weather conditons such as cyclones and floods had impacted the rice crop. He governs a nation in which forty percent of the people live on a dolalr a day. Banglaldesh and other Asian nations have been hit by record costs for imported oil and food.

Wealthier nations can afford to encourage ethanol production even while it impacts the total crop of food being produced. The poor nations of the world have no such options and they must switch diet in order to survive. The world can readily insist that poor people switch their foods but there is less interest in switching from gas guzzling large cars to small ones.

China Declares Food War At Olympics!

The Chinese government announced all athletes will be forbidden to bring their own food to the Olympics since everyone will only be allowed to eat food made by the Chinese. “Foods are banned mainly out of safety concerns and beverages are not allowed in the Olympic Village to protect sponsors’ rights.” Ziang Ping said the issue of medicines is more complicated and anyone requiring medicine will have their needs dealt with on a one-to-once basis. His comments came after reports American athletes wanted to prepare their own food. The Chinese argue it is preferable if all athletes ate together and expressed concern Americans might be eating as a national group rather than mixing with athletes from other nations.

Sometimes, the Chinese have a propensity of taking a simple issue and transforming it into a world shaking event. If the goal is having athletes from all over the world meet and eat together, why not make that point. But, to worry about a group of athletes who simply want to eat their own food is a bit of much ado about nothing. How about relaxing and just enjoying the games?