This is good. I hate waste. Of any sort. For instance, I can't abide it when my husband leaves the tap running. Since living my early life in Australia, I'm aware of not wasting a drop.
This concern about meat has grabbed my attention.
The International Development Committee said increased growing of grain to feed cattle was reducing the resources for nourishing people. The committee's report comes ahead of World Environment Day on Wednesday, which will focus on the issue of global hunger.
There are only so many resources to go around and populations are increasing. I'd like to know how the Government plans to reduce starvation in third world countries with this alert.
The Prime Minister will be hosting a G8 hunger summit in London on Saturday. The government is geared to launch a national consumer campaign to reduce domestic food waste. With the UK never more than a few days away from a significant food shortage, they say UK consumers should also be encouraged over time to reduce how often they eat meat.
That's worrying. The UK must depend on imports to feed the population. I didn't know this. It reminds me of the latter days of WW2. English people were cut off by enemy ships for years. They were encouraged to grow food wherever they found spare soil. They were fit and healthy, despite meager rations of meat. Every watched the old sitcom, Dad's Army? The old butcher would wrap a special sausage or two in a sheet of paper for favorite customers. My husband lived in London at the time. He tasted his first imported banana at the age of about 8 yrs. He loved it.
Early man tamed horses and cattle first. Mankind prevented the American horse's extinction by taking the animal across the top of the land-mass into Europe. All native horses perished. Perhistoric man used cattle for food. Both animals trust us.
I haven't eaten red meat since the early 90s, when Mad Cow Disease swept the British Isles. Poor cattle were rounded up and slaughtered by the thousands on each contaminated farm, and buried in giant holes. I even made reference to it in one of my futuristic novels. One of the characters wondered why so many animal bones were exposed in the one place.
A Department for International Development spokesman said: "We are leading the way in making nutrition a global priority and by 2015 our nutrition programmes will help a total of 20 million pregnant women and young children across Africa and Asia."
Great thought. I wonder if the move will help the targeted people. I can't wait to hear the plan.