31 Aug 2015

Our great dividing range

Our Great Dividing Range is the heartland of eastern Australia. Its mountainous corridor stretches 3,600 kilometres from the tropical rainforests of Cape York, through the Alps of NSW and the ACT, to the temperate woodlands of the Grampians in western Victoria. The Range encompasses Australia’s tallest mountains, most reliable rainfall and some of our greatest biological diversity. Almost three quarters of Australians live along the inland western slopes, eastern escarpment and adjoining coastal plains.
From the carbon stored in its dense forests, to the indigenous heritage deep in its veins, to the rivers that flow from its rugged slopes and the essential climate refuge it offers our threatened species, the Range is vital to life in Australia.
Many Australians do care. Tens of thousands of Australians are calling for a Great Forests National Park to connect and protect critical habitat in the Central Highlands of Victoria. Thousands have divested their money from the banks funding Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin. And community backlash has seen a temporary ban instituted on coal seam gas mining in Sydney’s water catchments. 

14 Aug 2015

The importance of the colour of meat trays in your supermarket.

Last week I read a message on someones Facebook page about founding out that the transperant meat trays at Woolworths being at least 5 days old and coming from Sydney to Perth, gassed for a longer shelf life. While the meat in black trays (except for those with bright marketing labels) is from the instore butcher and is only on the shelf for two days.

So I checked that this morning at our local Coles with the instore butcher while buying the fresh chicken (they only have a few fresh items left) and he confirmed this story. The gassed meat in the transperant trays comes from the Coles meat centre and are all gassed for longer shelf life. Hence the long distances they can  make.

And even the smaller supermarkets like Farmer Jacks are selling the high pressure gas packaging for their meats.
And while on the topic; There is no such thing as "No added hormones"! This is just marketing gibberich. Of course they don't add hormones to the meat while processing it, they add all kind of other stuff but your focus on the package is on the hormones; distraction!
While the animals used for this meat might be full of hormones before they started processing them, that's not told here, but you believe there are no hormones used at all.... Marketing can fool a lot of smart people into assuming.... 

So the lesson learned today: If you want to buy prepacked meat, buy the ones which are packed in store; the black trays without the fancy labels. Better, limit your meat intake and that what you buy, get high quality from the butcher. Even better, make sure the animals used for your meat had a decent life. Or become a vegetarian.