Monday Musings…30th May 2022…Time for a warned…

Welcome to Monday Musings where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours…May is in its final days now we are flying through the months…only 2 more days and we are in June…

Today though I am going to let my thought known ..they may not be your thoughts and if so please don’t carry on reading or unsubscribe or continue sticking your head in the sand because things ain’t getting better..manufacturers do what they please with no thoughts for our collective health and wellbeing…Two rants in one today…

My pet peeve is WASTE…my second one …Suffice to say I am a mother and grandmother you do anything to hurt my babies and me and millions of other women will let their feelings known and possibly ..NO…SCRAP THAT… will act!

There are people starving, children starving and yes it will no DOUBT be all blamed on the war in Ukraine, rising prices and climate change….one of the biggest causes is WASTE…

Now I can groan, moan, and be offended, BUT ultimately by myself, I can do nothing about rising prices(apart) for not buying GOODS AT INFLATED COSTS UNLESS I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO AND HAVE NO OTHER OPTIONS…I can not singly stop this war and the effects nor can I halt climate change…on my own!

Collectively we can make a difference and don’t for one minute think that no one will, notice or care if you carry on blithely…because if everyone did the same as you that would soon multiply… likewise if we all put on our big girl and boy pants then ‘The ‘Mighty oaks’ quote springs to mind a 14th Century old English proverb that has so much significance to many aspects of our everyday lives…as does “slowly, slowly catchee monkey…WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE…

It inspires us to never to give up and to always remember that great things do indeed come from small beginnings.

According to the UNEP Food Waste Index Report 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste per year. Here is a list of countries with the most food waste in a year.

  1. China 91.6
  2. India 68.8
  3. The United States 19.4
  4. Japan 8.2
  5. Germany 6.3
  6. France 5.5
  7. The United Kingdom 5.2
  8. Russia 4.9
  9. Spain 3.6
  10. Australia 2.6

To read the full report please click here…

Let’s break that down even further …Households and restaurants in the US are the biggest culprits...However, in the UK households and manufacturers top the list…with restaurants a close 3rd…either way it looks like the biggest culprits are us…me and you…

Looking at restaurants though most of us want value for money that’s a given however if you sat in a restaurant and watched the other diners how many plates would go back empty? Hardly any plus what does your restaurant do with that waste?

If you look at your table AT HOME how many plates have food still on them when everyone has finished?… Where does it go? be honest … it’s all about proper portion control or as I got told as a child the promise of it for breakfast the next day…but that’s not really the solution …portion control is…we need to look at how much we are cooking portion it out or freeze the excess…

We need to shop our fridge before we go shopping ..look at what must be used…I know we can compost fruit and veggies… and if you have chooks they love the peelings… my dad used to cook the potato peelings with bran or something…they love the bits of veg and fruit but if you don’t compost or have chooks where does the waste go?…

Potato peel crisps are lovely with some salt…your odd bits of veggies chuck them in a pot and make soup or stock both can be frozen…there are so many uses for THEM… make a stir fry…you would be amazed how much stir fry can be made from a bit of this and a bit of that enough to feed a family sometimes…

Now here is my biggest rant of the day…if you are still with me that is and haven’t unfollowed or blacklisted me…

This last week  35 tons of baby formula were airlifted into the United States from Germany, the first shipment of many intended to address the escalating crisis of a nationwide shortage that has left children and their guardians in a frightening position. The current formula shortage partially stems from a contamination crisis that left two children dead and parents across the country deeply distrustful of the products.

What the hell is the FDA doing...someone seriously needs to call them to account for their failures have gone on long enough…

If this is affecting you then I have found this link with other options from donated breast milk, and goat’s milk to making your own and other options …worth a read for your sanity and your baby’s well being…we should learn from the past mistakes this is a step too far the only thing manufacturers will listen too is if WE stop buying their goods…money talks…you must know that there are options…healthier options…I have sourced a helpful link for you with lots of options…

The Best Milk Alternatives for Babies

Before all this came to light about the milk and I am going back years now, Johnson and Johnson was one of the biggest and most well-known manufacturers of baby products and were using ingredients which are known carcinogens ….from birth to the grave manufacturers have free rein to use whatever they like in their products with virtually no restraints…

I know from experience that not every woman can breastfeed her babies…I struggled with my first baby with mastitis and I would not wish that on my worst enemy…but it got better with the second and so forth I persevered BUT I relied on baby formulas some 50 years ago was it better then I don’t know but I hope so…BUT to read about the shenanigans that are going on now with baby formula is disgusting..frankly I am lost for the words… am I surprised ..sad to say I am not…

If you don’t already read labels or cook from scratch or look at the waste households and restaurants produce then you should… but far be it for me to tell you that… if you have a conscience that should be shouting at you…WE NEED TO CHANGE or nothing will…it needs to inconvenience us for a while as we get used to the changes we make…it may put us out…we may have to introduce new foods to our families and learn how to cook new foods or recipes as the shortages and rising costs bite…but better to start now than to wait until we have too…

If you are still here…Thank you for indulging me…I look forward to your comments as always…Have a lovely week tomorrow I will be back with another chicken recipe…x

39 thoughts on “Monday Musings…30th May 2022…Time for a warned…

  1. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    An excellent rant Carol… part of the problem with baby formula is that breast feeding has been demonised, mothers are encouraged to go back to work when their babies are only six weeks old and unfortunately for some mums they don’t want the hassle. Baby formula plays a role in the obesity epidemic which is escalating, since most contain higher concentrations of sugar to make it palatable than are safe for a new baby. As to waste food I shudder at some of these cookery shows with the amount of waste food they discard.. they say the crew eats well but they will fillet a massive salmon and then only cook one portion… in dramas they get up and leave full plates on the table all the time and whilst some of that might be fake food, it still sends the wrong message, especially to the younger generation. We feed the birds scraps of fruit and vegetables, rice that is a little off and compost the rest… ♥♥

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sally the points you make are very valid there really is far too much waste its alll around us and the problem needs to be urgently addressed…Hugs xoxo

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  3. acflory

    High Five, Carol. I agree 100%. I’d heard about the baby formula shortage but had no idea what had caused it, or how serious it actually was/is. Corporate America is the power behind the throne because it owns so many of the people elected to represent The People. I suspect we’ll eventually find out that ‘ex’ Abbott execs are in the FDA and are exerting their influence to cover up what happened. Monsanto did much the same when it ensured that the FDA would accept it’s bogus ‘substantial equivalence’ mantra about GM food.
    Corporatism has taken over from capitalism in the US and only now are we starting to learn what that means. 😦

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  4. beetleypete

    I can claim some credit for not wasting food. I do the shopping and cooking, and stick religiously to a list. I do not take up ‘buy one get one free’ offers on fresh food unless I can be sure of eating it that week. Literally nothing gets wasted in this house. Even the end of a loaf of bread is used to feed the birds. When I went shopping yesterday, the only things left in our fridge were 4 onions, a block of cheddar cheese, and 2 pints of milk, all of which were well in date and will be used.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. acflory

      Bravo, Pete! Pre-pandemic I never used a shopping list. We didn’t waste much as we compost and I give stale bread etc to the birds as well, but…things did go off because I simply forgot about them. Not any more. Having to shop ahead and decontaminate everything that comes into the house has meant that shopping lists are vital, as is the freezer and leftovers for lunch. The leftovers are actually the best part because I can’t buy sliced ham any more [requires too much trust that the person doing the slicing was being strictly hygienic].
      I miss not being able to select my own fruit and veg, but otherwise I think the pandemic has been a great reminder of what’s important…and what’s not. 🙂

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  5. petespringerauthor

    With so many starving people in the world, we should be ashamed of ourselves. Many people would gladly use food that gets tossed. I don’t think this qualifies as a rant, Carol, especially when you’re simply pointing out facts.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Pete.. You are absolutely correct I think stores should be obligated if not fined big time and have to document how they dispose of excess food and how much it is scandalous the waste..

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  6. dgkaye

    You didn’t scare me away Carol. You are spot on with your rants. You offer up some great ideas with leftovers, which I always create things myself with leftovers. My husband was the leftover king and always shunned waste. And don’t get me started with the baby formula shortage. That one you can blame on tRump for his USMCA trade idea he made up that wouldn’t allow imports from Canada. Just one of many residual gifts he left behind. xx

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  7. Ronit Penso Tasty Eats

    I agree with everything you wrote, and hate food waste myself, and always cook from scratch.
    However, looking at the list, and seeing China and India – the most populated countries in the world – at the very top, it feels we’re barking at the wrong tree.

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  8. Sue Dreamwalker

    A great post Carol, showing just how much food waste there is.

    Lots are because of the sell by dates stamped now on food packages. Long gone are the days when we would use our eyes and our nose to detect if something was now not suitable to eat.

    My DIL works for a large supermarket the bins that contain perfectly edible foods thrown is unbelievable.
    They’d sooner throw away than lower prices or give to homeless shelters etc.

    I abhor waste. Growing up often hungry , makes one thrifty and frugal lol.
    Excellent Intel and I’m ashamed of my own country England on that list. 😳 💓

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sue.. It is wrong to throw good food away and supermarkets should be made to lower prices or give to homeless shelters. Stores should show how they are distributing their waste every day or face fines.. 😏x


      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        That’s what I would like to know too much complacency, Dorothy not enough action and I don’t mean inconveniencing people I mean hitting the manufacturers where it hurts as it is a supply and demand world if there is no demand they are scuppered…

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      2. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

        My daughter also asked me to watch a documentary “Not So pretty,” which takes an example of one company and shows how they circumvent the safety process with the FDA. There are four episodes in the series exposing many areas of the personal care industry.

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  10. Vic Crain

    The FDA is a source of problems. It has become a defender of industry rather than a defender of the public. That has contributed both to excessive complacency regarding food products and excessive skepticism regarding vaccines. The agency is in serious need of a major overhaul.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      .I do hope the agency gets the major overall that it desperately appears to need given this shocking revelation about baby milk however as we know from the past it often doesn’t happen we so often see or read about the people who should protect us and our families and they obviously don’t …Thank you, Vic, for leaving a valued comment 🙂

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  11. leggypeggy

    A worthwhile rant. I try hard to minimise waste. Just today I made two batches of crackers using sourdough discard. About to make banana bread using four very tired bananas.

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