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Green lunch in 2015 December 29, 2008

Posted by ieva in Uncategorized.
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This Saturaday I was walking around the busy Antwerp and did some groceries at the GB supermarket. But back home, taking a closer look, I had a very unpleasant surprise about the piece of goat cheese I had just bought. ,,Porc gelatin replaced by beef gelatin,, :/. For me as a long term vegetarian it was almost shocking and the cheese ended in the rubbish bin.

I think most of the food we can by at normal supermarkets are making more harm to us than good. I tend to be optimistic and hope that things will change in the future.

So, here are some thoughts about our eating habits in the near future (most of them are already present- as minorities).

There will be a big switch to biological, vegetarian, locally grown and fair trade food. People who have a certain level of income – will have enough information of the impact the food has on their health and the possibility to choose. So they will make more and more reasonable choices to give to their bodies what they really need. As serious diseases (like cancer, allergies etc.) cases will rise dramatically, people will start to see more clearly the connection with the polluted food they eat.

Food will become like some sort of medicine, prevention and healing method. The dietitians will become doctors at the same time and will give very individual advises for their patients. Everybody will have a personal dietitian as we have family doctors today. There will be new technologies, methods developed that allow to find the best food adapted to every person.

The tailor made (“you design it, we make it”) food will gain a big popularity. Many companies propose already this kind of services, but the trend will expand enormously. Not only products we can choose ourselves, like a perfect energy bar or tea blend, but also ready, high quality, healthy made meals, delivered to the doorstep. Fast food will take a new dimension, it won’t have to be bad for you any more.

picture by Laura K Gibb’s

Backyard gardens (balcony/roof- gardens) will be very popular, there will be companies taking care of them, in case if the owners have no time for that. There will be a place not only for vegetables and fruits but eventually also for some chicken.
The restaurants with only locally grown food will be very popular. Weekly home delivered organic food box will replace visits to supermarket for many families. Farmers’ markets will be very popular.
We will also pay more attention to the dishes and tableware we use it will have to fit the same- sustainable/ individual criterias.
Internet will continue to play an important role in creating communities and exchanging information, making orders. Artisanal food will regain it’s popularity, traditional recipies from the old-days will get adapted to the future lifestyles. We will go back to old days’ habits, like milk man deliveries etc. There will be a search for “authentic” taste, smell and look.
The cooking courses will be very popular, as well as self service and even diy restaurants.

P.S. This optimistic description concerns the middle and higher classes.

P.S. bis. This is the way I WOULD LIKE to see the future. But, very probably people are too stupid and self destructive to take the reasonable path.


Fly November 28, 2008

Posted by ieva in books, Uncategorized.
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“In Europe, where there are already 500 000 000 passengers fly a year, and there are already 28 000 flights each day during the peak season, fewer than 8% of the Europeans have ever been in an aircraft.” Can you believe this!?

“Modern mobility comes with a price, but the price tag is seldom visible, and we seldom pay it- or not directly. Its costs are hidden. Not only the transport is expensive n time and money to the user, but it involves such external and hidden coss as accidents, traffic congestion, air pollution, climate change, noise, and hidden infrastructure costs. (..)

There is no international agreement how to measure the matter and the energy burden imposed by aviation, but clever organization called CLiPP (Climate Protection Partnership), which sells “climate tickets”, reckons we should all pay roughly 6,5 euros per hour flown in order to found projects that foster the use of renewable energies or more efficient uses of energy. Aircraft manufacturers have promised to halve pollution from their aircraft by 2010- but the traffic as a whole will probably triple by then, meaning that the environmental impact of aviation will rise 50 percent. ”

Text from another “designers’ bible” I discovered about a year ago- “In the bubble” by John Tackara.

You can partly read the book online.

More to follow.