Posts Tagged ‘cows’

America’s freakish food

August 9, 2013

I’m sure food all over the world is pretty freakish these days. But I reacted worse to American food than I have to anything, anywhere, and when I wondered why, I started looking into it. And I wrote a column for News24 about what I found out.

For instance, did you know how much poison is on your cranberries? That your blueberry superfruit smoothie contains neurotoxins? It’s gross, really. From http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/

Five Servings: how much pesticide residue the average American kids gets in their food, per day.

Five Servings: how much pesticide residue the average American kids gets in their food, per day. from whatsonmyfood.org

Health food, right? Wrong...

Organic. So, health food, right? Wrong…

Yeah, it's full of garbage.

Yeah, it’s full of garbage. Biggest ingredient isn’t even a cereal! It’s Soy Protein Concentrate…

This will kill you. Not the bus. The food being advertised on the back of it.

This will kill you. Not the bus. The food being advertised on the back of it.

Where the beef industry wants you to believe your meat comes from.

Where the beef industry wants you to believe your meat comes from.

Where your meat really comes from.

Where your meat really comes from. And you haven’t wanted to throw up until you’ve driven that road and stopped and made the mistake of opening your car window and smelling all that cow shit. They don’t graze. They eat corn meal while choking on their own farts until it’s time to die.

It’s all really bad for us. And it will probably kill me. But am I complaining? Sorta. Would I rather be dying of eating than dying of starvation?

BBQ with mac and cheese (a meal in SA) as a side dish. This will kill you. But you won't care - it's that good.

BBQ with mac and cheese (a meal in SA) as a side dish. This will kill you. But you won’t care – it’s that good.

Dying of eating. That’s for sure.

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Only in Switzerland… and Swaziland

July 13, 2010

Pick ‘n Pay Swaziland is running a competition to win… six cows! Apparently this also happens in Switzerland, where wealth is still somewhat measured in cows, and you can win them in competitions like this. Swaziland is a weird place for me – a landlocked kingdom, but, if you’re coming over the border from South Africa or Mozambique, a completely different world. I had a great time visiting one of my best friends, Jinty, who has joined the large foreign NGO community there after many years in Paris. Her husband is french, and works for an aids awareness org called PSI. She used to work for France24 (their CNN) and is looking to maybe freelance for radio (or TV) from there.

Spotted on the way out of the Pick 'n Pay parking lot, in Mbabane, where we saw a security guard nearly assault a woman for selling MTN airtime without a permit to sell there. Otherwise, a peaceful experience.