Sunday, April 13, 2008

Very mild irritation

What's been going on in my mind...

"Organic" products sold in the heartlands of Singapore. Scam! My mum thinks organic = better for health. Yes and no I guess. It's like saying selvage better than non-selvage. Many will argue in the long run it's better that everything is organic. But unless in the short run we can curb the current world-wide food shortage..... bio-fuels don't seem so revolutionary now ain't it?
See definition of food that is "Organic" (from wikipedia):

Organic foods are produced according to a certain production standards, it means they were grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge, and that they were processed without ionizing radiation or food additives. For animals, it means they were reared without the routine use of antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones. In most countries, organic produce must not be genetically modified.

The MSK "incident". I don't think anybody expected anybody in the upper echelons to resign or jump off from a building. Nobody will be pressured to do the extremes. Unless it's corruption. But it seems as if the entire nation's at fault now. The line of argument goes like this. MSK ran away because of complacency. Nobody is W(r)ong here, as in, not just a single person. So his bonus is intact. Who is complacent? The ENTIRE population. Yes. Including your 78 year old grandma who is spending her time at home watching TVB soap operas. Not forgetting the next door ah-boy who spent too much time on his PSP. You too! Why? Because long long ago, when TOTAL DEFENCE came to being, THERE'S A PART FOR EVERYONE.

The Beijing Games have not started but already human-right activists and pro-independent Tibet activists have hijacked this year's summer Olympics. I think it's a shame, this lack of restrain. The lack of respect is appalling. It's as if the activists just want to push everybody to the limits and beyond. Politicising the Olympics is a disgrace. Worse is when the situation turns into a security threat that rivals those caused by terror groups. Olympics is about sporting excellence, the indomitable human spirit and all the stuff that will make you feel warm and fuzzy. But it's now been overtaken by chaos and ridicule. Abused as a platform by various groups operating under a multitude of agenda.



Chuang Shyue Chou said...

I am just wondering if you have heard of the term 'industrial-organic' and if you have read 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' by Michael Pollan.

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Nope nope...share share! I googled and found some stuff. interesting!

i believe in the "organic + eat local + pay reasonable" ethos, if there is such a category. Eating local (within 100km radius for example) is really quite tough for a country like Singapore.