No, avocado toast every day is not a good thing

Posted on August 30th, 2016

Clean eating and JERFing is all very well…until it becomes dementedly unsustainable.

Image via The Kitchen Cleanse

Image via The Kitchen Cleanse

We’ve seen it happen with chia seeds and quinoa, where the fashionable demand for these new foods have seen crops dwindling for the communities that rely on them as a traditional, staple food, with prices hiking by sometimes 4-5 times. Ethical consumers should be aware that poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain (quinoa), due to western demand raising prices.

I recently wrote a post – Sorry, but you shouldn’t be drinking almond milk – to highlight the sustainability issues behind the scenes of our fashionable alt-milk obsession.

I hate to be the mirror-holder-upper to our bourgeois culinary habits, but today I need to flag the Problem With Avocados.

Around the world we’re eating a lot of avocados. Cafes serve a whopping half a fruit on breakfast plates. Raw foodies add a whole one to their smoothies. Avos are now everyday food, treated as base for a meal, not as a decadent accompaniment. Today, avocados are the most posted food on Instagram.

In Australia, plantings are set to double in the next decade to 110,000 hectares to cater for the demand and the industry’s aim is to get Australians eating five kilos per person per year.

Some might see this as a wonderful thing. But we must look at the implications of our eagerness to Avo Everything.

Well, first, they’re sucking up a lot of water. By one estimate it takes 272 litres just to grow half a kilogram (two or three medium-sized) avocados. This is a problem broadly. Especially here in Australia.

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Are you an eco-hypocrite?

Posted on August 25th, 2016

We’re drowning in eco-wash. I’d be pleased about this state of affairs, except that regularly – neigh daily – I observe moments of earnest environmental engagement that gets it so selfishly, blindingly, egoically wrong.

Via Take 3 for the Sea campaign

Via Take 3 for the Sea campaign

Dangerously so.

Indeed the only the only thing worse than ignorance, is righteous hypocrisy. The latter being a far more stubborn force.

Really, this post is just a rant of things that tick me off. I’ve encountered all recently, or regularly. I’d love you to share your thoughts and expand on the list. We do need to hold a mirror up to ourselves, don’t we?

1. Organic food…wrapped in plastic

At supermarkets, standard, non-organic vegetables are sold loose. Insanely, it’s the organics that come Read more

Lonely much? Me too. This helps.

Posted on August 23rd, 2016

Further to my post on Martha Nussbaum’s notion of seeking out difficulty to have a good life, I’d like to chat to you about a rant on the value of loneliness I came across today on BrainPickings.com.

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

The rant picks up on an idea explored in The Lonely City by Olive Laing – that loneliess fuels creativity and a rich, full life.

Essentially it picks up on the paradoxical nature of loneliness. Lonely times can be sad and listless and characterised by a sense of lack. And yet loneliness is also a “vitalizing laboratory for self-discovery”.

Loneliness can “drive one to consider some of the larger questions of what it is to be alive.” This is indeed big and rich and strangely intimate.

Ever sat at a bar on your own in a big city? Know what she means? The barrenness of loneliness drives you down into yourself.

Loneliness, paradoxically, can see you cure yourself of loneliness by bringing you to the most secure company around: yourself.

I also liked this idea: Loneliness might be taking you towards an otherwise unreachable experience of reality. Read more