Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Food for Thought ?

( Brazilian readers can check the same text below translated into Portuguese going to another blog I also write for: http://www.inteirativa.blogspot.com/ under the title "Tofu or Not Tofu ?" )

Readers, as you know from my previous posts, I do not work on Wednesdays (by the way, like most mothers in the Netherlands). Therefore I have the opportunity of eating home made food and not sandwiches or microwaved meals. I love eating what my husband calls “crazy food”, such as tofu. This pictured above I just baked slightly with some sesame oil in a tefal pan and seasoned it with oyster sauce and sesame seeds. My children also find it yummy. One of these days I had my mother on the phone and she mentioned how much she has reduced the consumption of red meats (and all sorts of meat in general). I suggested her to try tofu. She refused cause according to her the Amazon Wood was being eliminated for the cultivation of soya. I had a guilty feeling about my lunch.
Walking weeks ago by the streets of Zaandam, I have spotted these posters. Curious as I am, I started to photograph them. My camera has limited resources, but it is an honest one and I think you can understand the photos well. The title of the poster says: “The Drama behind Cheap Meat”. You can read: " No, supermarket A.H. does not sell monkey meat. But does sell pork and chicken who were fed with soya ingredients. For the cultivation of soya, tropical woods are eliminated. Therefore animals and plants also disappear. This has to be different. Sign now: http://www.stopfoutvlees.nl/” It is a campaign from “Milieu Defensie”. I have checked its site, and it s very interesting. Vegetarian recipes, videos, famous people preaching the reduction of red meat. Lots of idealism.
Now, I am feeling very guilty about everything. For enjoying chicken meat, for having a wooden floor, for using the car half way to my work, for eating soya, for using the airplane. And you ? What do you feel guilty for ? Have you changed your life style in any terms ?

9 comments:

A Touch of Dutch said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing this, Anita! I had no idea. Makes me think even more about what I'll be buying, and here I usually buy meats from AH or the butcher, thinking it will be better quality... I've been trying to find replacements for foods in the daily menu for my husband & I, and this will definitely inspire me to look more in-depth. I'll check out the link!

Anita said...

Tnanks for passing by Isabella. Yes, please check the link. Idealism put into practical solutions is an amazing thing!

Dri Viaro said...

To passando aqui pra conhece :)
bjs

Anonymous said...

I think this is a good signal that the people start to become consciousness of something that they think is not so bad, in big scale cause a terrible impact in the environment. Having a good balance of all the vitamins that you body needs, does not mean that you need to eat meat or soya....You can find so many substitutes,in aliments based in gluten like indian panieer, seitan... I'm very happy that here in Holland we have a great variety of organic products and so many Nature shops!!!Now the only thing that I want to find here is a Green job...something that make me feel happy to work helping the ambient...let's make everyday an Earth day (22/04/09)
Naty

Faby said...

Deste jeito a gente enlouquece Ana...
Não dá pra pensar assim, caso contrário, não comemos mais nada... acho sim que deve haver bom senso sempre!
Hummm adoro tofu e o Antonio também...
Ficou lindo seu prato! E esta história que as mães não trabalham nas quartas??
Bjs
Faby

Anita said...

Oi Faby,
Passa la no Inteirativa que a Grazi Aronovich nos comentarios informa bastante sobre a perversidade do cultivo da soja. Ela nao e' um alimento saudavel e estimula a producao de estrogenio nas mulheres podendo levar a formacao de diversos tipos de canceres. Eu como de tudo: todas as proteinas de origem animal, mas em pequenas porcoes e nao todo dia. Meu prato tem mesmo e' mesmo muita verdura e legume e de preferencia bio. Infelizmente uns 30-35% mais caro.

Anita said...

A maes e pais na Holanda muitas vezes e' aceito pelo empregador que tenham um contrato de 32h/semanais ou menos sendo o dia livre uma quarta-feira a fim de que possam levar os filhos a escolinhas (natação, bale, judo) e clubinhos. Quarta-feira as crianças terminam a escola ao meio-dia

Mara Pusch said...

Isso de não trabalhar pra poder ficar com os filhos é o máximo!!! Só quem é desenvolvido pra pensar e agir assim! Bjos

Anita said...

E parece que na Franca as funcionarias que sao maes sao dispensadas as quartas de alguns escritórios porque as crianças nao tem aulas nesse dia (sao pagas full time mas nao precisam comparecer ao trabalho as quartas). Preciso verificar a veracidade disso...