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Comment: Re:Never going to happen (Score 1) 129

Cheap European exports are shit. Caveat emptor!

http://www.hospitalitymagazine...
http://www.theglobalmail.org/f...
http://ausfoodnews.com.au/2010...

That's not to say quality olive oil isn't produced in Mediterranean countries but if the price is too good to be true, beware.

Comment: Re:What about McGyver (Score 1) 166

by ChunderDownunder (#49331727) Attached to: The X-Files To Return

Californication is the follow-on series anyway. Hank (Mulder), Karen (Scully), Becca (Scully's love child with either aliens or Mulder, no one knows)

All it needs is some young Snowden-like stud (played by Tim Minchin!) to sweep Scully off her feet and make Fox jealous, all the while he's having a bit on the side with Walter Skinner's jailbait daughter. Melodrama at it's finest?

Comment: Re:It's not the almonds. (Score 1) 413

by ChunderDownunder (#49318119) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

I have a friend who used to grind his own almonds as a health-kick but went back to cow's milk after his fad diet ended. :( For the record I did go through a soy-latte phase a few years ago, so I'm no stranger to faux-milk.

Lamb is a fairly common meat here in Australia, though not as popular in certain other countries I've visited, where it's regarded as peasant food. But then similarly, goat meat never caught on here because of the gamey taste. Kangaroo has never caught on either, which is a shame given they're culled to control overpopulation.

Switching animals isn't a whole solution but if beef is the worst offender then surely divesting in production by promoting alternatives, including vegan recipes, is a strategy worth persuing?

(Sorry if I have unintentionally offended your vegan sensibilities - I'm a pragmatist from a long line of meat-eaters!)

Comment: Re:It's not the almonds. (Score 1) 413

by ChunderDownunder (#49316171) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

Are there enough converts to veganism in achieving a significant water reduction? That is to say almond milk and tempeh will appeal to only a small fraction of the population.

Do Californians love their steak too much, or would less water-intensive animal protein such as chicken, seafood or lamb reduce the state's water consumption? Have there been any studies on the relative water usage in production of goat or sheep cheese vs moo-cheese?

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