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Food Diary (October 11, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with plums, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Chickpeas in coconut tomato sauce with pasta
Dinner: Pickled carrot and apple salad, flaxseed wholemeal sourdough toast
I have just posted the procedures for making sourdough starter, sponge and bread here. If you haven’t tried making sourdough bread, it is not complicated at all. Initially it may seem tricky and complicated but it will become really simple after you have done it one or two times. I find it easier to make sourdough than regular bread. The active time and effort required is actually less than going to a supermarket and buying bread. And it works out to be much cheaper.
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Source: Huffington Post
Wal-Mart’s stores in Chongqing, China has been temporarily closed and fined 2.7 million yuan ($421,000) after tons of regular pork was allegedly labeled as "organic." The fine was 10 times the value of the pork sold. Apparently Wal-Mart had been repeatedly punished for violating food standards and other rules since it began operating in Chongqing in 2006.
Wal-Mart’s response was "Wal-Mart is committed to protecting the rights of consumers and will spare no efforts in this regard".
There are couple of issues. Firstly mislabeling seems to be widespread in China but it normally happens in smaller shops and markets. It is conceivable that it happens in the rest of the world, and sometimes we will never know. Some organic meat can taste quite different from inorganic meat but sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference.
Organic meat issue aside, there may be bigger issues and perhaps pork is just a scapegoat. China, like many other countries, is not free from corruption and Wal-Mart is a large company with ability to pay. It also needs to protect its brandname and reputation. Of course I don’t have any concrete information to draw conclusions and I am not making any allegations either, just thinking aloud. This article really made me wonder whether organic pork was the main issue, or an issue at all.
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