Every day we’re bombarded with information about our food. From offers and nutritional claims to ingredient labels and on-pack information like sustainability credentials – it’s pretty hard to work out what’s important and what it actually means.
In my last year of highschool, some friends and I volunteered at a soup kitchen in downtown Hamilton. One evening I served a man who said “You can only be sure of two things in life: one, you need to eat and two, you’re going to die. So be sure that when you’re older you work in the food or funeral sector. That way you’ll be sorted for life”. It was incredibly sage advice that I’ve never forgotten (and I do indeed work in the food sector now).
The holiday season has become saturated with stuff. Shiny, new, novel stuff. Increasingly so, the spirit of giving gets lost in a consumption–driven, sale seeking madness, fuelled by cheap chocolate and festive flavoured hot drinks. We forget that a huge part of Christmas is generosity.
1) Because space is hard to come by and many people live in incredibly small flats, there’s a strong culture of dining out for most meals. There are more than 10,000 restaurants – which means even if you ate a different one everyday it would take you nearly 10 years to try them all. And that’s assuming that none closed down or any new ones opened.