Very simple: leave the tomatoes and onions in a bowl overnight, with salt to draw out the water. Boil vinegar (I used a mix of what vinegars were left in the cupboard) along with light muscovado sugar, simmer, chuck in a load of cooking apples (the ones we claimed last weekend), sultanas and then after ten minutes, chuck in the drained tomatoes and onions as well. Let it do its thing for an hour and spice up accordingly.
I just wanted to briefly mention two reports, both from the Ecologist. First, the above video looks into how financial speculation in maize inflates food prices in Mexico – therefore threatening the lives of the poor. A more in-depth report here.
Food no longer made for just a balanced diet. It balanced portfolios too, opening the doors for millions of investors to have a personal stake in food and energy markets beyond their groceries and gas tanks.
Raj Patel, in his fabulous book Stuffed and Starved, explains how famines are mostly not caused by a shortage of food, but because people can’t afford to pay for it anymore. Given the role that food speculation plays within the bigger picture of global food distribution, it beggars belief that it can continue without people being protected from its effects.
“The post-war era has seen sweeping changes in agriculture. The last half century has seen big commercial enterprises dominate the landscape and political process. Fertiliser companies became core to ‘good’ government policy for farming, marked by a move that possessed all the gusto of a modern biotech giant: ‘the appointment of ICI’s agricultural advisor Sir William Gavin as a chief agricultural advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries early in the war was clearly a crucial moment in that process.’”