I had always presumed that transporting food to the consumer took up a fair wack of the energy use and costs. We have all heard about food miles, and have been urged to grow our own / purchase local produce. So I was surprised to see that half the energy used during the actual processing and production of the food, is where all the energy is going. When I think of factories, I think of manufacturing factories like a glass manufacturer, a steel producer, a car factory, etc. I didn't think of biscuit, crisps or cooldrink factories as high consumers of energy.
Apparently, the processing of the raw goods into ready meals / junk food use more than half of the energy - in order to manufacture highly processed "foods" like - crisps, doughnuts, cola (pop) and beer. We won't even go into how much is used for things like biscuits (cookies), sweets, etc.
And the above is not taking into account the packaging of all the ready meals / junk food.
A real eye opener and surely yet another reason not to support junk food.
Bad for the planet and bad for your body.
And did you know that this report discovered that preparing food in your kitchen uses twice as much energy than the farm consumed producing the food in the first place?
I am not going to go into detail about the article as I have inserted the link above for you to read.
But I will say this:
If you need a plate of crisps, use your vegetable peeler and cut thin strips from a peeled potato - heat up your oil and fry them yourself. Add your salt when the crisps are cooked and the oil has drained off them onto a piece of brown paper. Popcorn - ditto. Or sprinkle with sugar if you want it sweet instead of savoury.
|Fresh fruit and vegetables - what|
could be better for your body?
And, if you are as fortunate as I am, you can use free energy to bake your foods - via a solar oven.
|Solar baked biscuits|
Or is that just the excuse we all use for the convenience of buying food which is highly processed, ready-made and filled with chemicals to prolong its' shelf life?
Ultimately, though, are we prolonging our lives by consuming that food - or are we adding to the problems which we could encounter as our bodies age?
How many chemicals should we add to our bodies? To my mind, the less the better.
But - it goes further than that...
Have you even considered how many chemicals you add to your bodies via daily items such as toothpaste and soap?
|The slab of soap waiting to be cut into|
the required portion sizes
But, with the incredibly generous guidance of a friend, RC, who makes soap for a living, I managed to produce 15 bars of the most incredible looking / smelling soap that I have ever seen. I so wish I had a powerful enough camera to take a photo of the inside cut edge of this soap - the creamy, smooth and luxurious soap that my photo's don't do justice to.
|I used a ruler to divide the slab into equal portions :-)|
|My baloon whisk|
After carefully measuring out the ingredients, and when the two liquids were at the correct termperature, I carefully blended them together and proceeded to beat the mixture. And I beat the mixture. And I beat it some more...
After exactly 1½ hours of beating I finally reached trace stage and could proceed with placing the mixture in the mould. To say that I had no right arm, nor wrist, at the end of the 1½ hours is an understatement.
It was a complete labour of love... but I did it!!
|Fifteen pieces of 200gm soap, on the drying|
rack, and placed in my spare bedroom - I
can't wait until they are ready...
I took the time, overcame a mental hurdle, conquered my fear, and we will all benefit.
I just love it. Thank you so much, RC - I owe you big time.
I reckon that if we all got off our collective derrière, and did more for ourselves, we, and our planet, would reap the benefits.
And, simultaneously, we would be teaching the next generation to help themselves, and not too always expect help from outside - making them more self-sufficient. That, surely, must be good for them? :-)