Monday, 7 July 2008
The Son Of The Manse On Food - Back To Basics
Gordon has just reached his Back To Basics point of no return. Apparently, food is so expensive because we waste 4 million tonnes of it each year. A bit of arithmetic:
Population: 60 million and rising
4/60 = 0.0667 or 66.7kg per person per year or
66.7/365 = 0.183 kg per person per day
0.183kg = 6 1/2 ounces
However, does this figure include food reaching its sell-by date that supermarkets trash? (can't criticise supermarkets though)
What about the government sponsored healthy eating advice to leave some food on your plate? (mixed message from joined up government)
Does this include packaging and losses from preparation? (not everyone has a compost bin and leftovers are now verboten for chickens and pigs)
What Gordon wants is a return to the Ministry of Food and Woolton Pie for us. What I suggest is that all the restaurants in to Palace of Westminster are converted into British Restaurants and MPs' £20 daily food allowance is scrapped.
A word to the wise, Gordon. Every MP earns about three times the average wage; the total package available is £130,000. You are paid at least £190,000 meals and lodging included. May I suggest that you take a medium sized parsnip, peel it, season it and stick it in whichever of your orifices it pleases your goodself as one of your feral MPs advised his constituent recently. And don't tell me what to do about food - I will promise not to tell you to sell gold at the bottom of the market.