Monday, February 13, 2012

Jesus Loves Me

...this I know.(h/t to mike, who posted this to FB...)


Ael said...

We really do live in a remarkable world.

When I was younger, I remember how thrilled i was when I got a Japanese orange for Christmas. Imagine that, an orange in December.

Today, I enjoy all manner of tropical fruits during the entire year. If ye have dealings with them, they are your brothers!

FDChief said...

Ael: The funny thing is that I find that veyr scary in a way.

Here in the Willamette Valley we have some of the richest farmland in the world combined with one of the mildest climates. It's possible to grow many crops damn near 7-8 months of the year, particularly root vegetables such as carrots, beets. hardy leaf greens like chard or kale, leeks, onions, name it.

Yet where do most of the carrots in our grocery stores come from..?

You got it. Mexico. Grapes from Argentina. Tomatoes from Arizona.

All of this immense intercontinental food supply rests on cheap bunker fuel and diesel.

What happens when that is gone, with all the farmland we've paved over here in Oregon?

I don't want to be alive then...

Lisa said...


It Is very odd, isn't it? I think maybe we should eat the food that can grow in our climates, or nearby. Maybe we should not eat certain foods all year?

We evolved eating in a cyclical manner; meat, for instance, would not be available year round for those who used animals in farming.

Perhaps we are blinded by science, in this case (petrochemicals). We want what we want, when we want it. I was traveling from JAX today and pulled off for a coffee @ McDonald's (I'd read somewhere their coffee drinks weren't bad).

I asked the mgr. if their mocha frappes were made with real milk and real sugar (I cannot bear "creamers" or artificial sweeteners.) She pulled out her book, which only gave fat gms. and calories -- no other nutritional info on ingredients! She said it came in a pouch, and that's all she knew.

I demurred, and said maybe I could find that data online. The 60-ish mgr. said, "probably not"! Can you imagine? Like it is some proprietary secret? And yet, that's they very response I've gotten when I've made nutritional inquiries before.

Some FDA, huh?

Ael said...


In Canada, you have to post your ingredients (in relative quantity ordering)

See this for Mcdonald's in Canada. I suspect that it is the same for the USA, but do not know.