Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Now, folks gotta eat...

But this is ridiculous.
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This is the menu for the 18-COURSE MEAL served yesterday at the G8 conference in Japan. The official, on the docket, topic-of-dinner conversation? The global food crisis. I kid you not. Wines from California and France, out-of-season fruit, caviar, milk-fed lamb and other meaty treats, seafood. And what the heck is "beetroot foam", anyway? Beetroot foam? Really?
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Now, of course, these people are the global elite. They all have big houses with lots of staff, they fly all over creation, they have bigger carbon footprints than you and me and probably our entire neighborhoods combined, just by living their all-powerful lives. I don't expect them to eat prison food, but how about a little restraint? Is that too much to ask? Oh ok, it is too much to ask. Then, how about an acknowledgement of the irony? Yeah, score a negative on that one, too.
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You just can't make this stuff up.

12 comments:

A.E.K. said...

Personally, I try to stay away from kelp-flavoured beef and grilled bighand thornyfish. I guess my tastes are simple that way.
And what IS the "G8 Fantasy Desert"?

d. moll, l.ac. said...

I love this, I mean I don't love the menu, I love it that you dug it up. My understanding that the foams are like new French Cuisine and I am sure Julia Child would be opposed to them. They are silly. I'm all in favor of when Rome does as the Romans do; there is fantastic, simple, traditional (and low carbon footprint) food to be had in Japan. What if you had to where shoes that reflected the size of your carbon footprint?

d. moll, l.ac. said...

grilled eel and burdock does look pretty good....

Melissa said...

actually, I think we should ask them to eat prison food...I think a big part of the mess this world is in is exactly because people who have always had access to luxury and privilege expect that to continue. The privileged of the world need to realize that they too must start making some sacrifices. I remember reading somewhere once about a fundraiser dinner that was raising money for hunger relief. And they served a meal that would be eaten by somebody living in a country that they were raising funds to help. Like half a cup of rice or something. That was the dinner. I think this is a great idea. And I think if these people at the G8 were eating as little as the people who are actually hungry in the world for even a day, they might actually realize the urgency of the problem they're charged with solving. Thanks for this post. Even if it did get me all irritated. :)

plantainpatch said...

I am ashamed for them.

ilex said...

You're absolutely right, Melissa. Everything you said is dead-on. And to think I was trying to cut them some slack... gah. Glad to get you all riled up-- I'm here to help, sister.

Verde said...

Yea, I thought they should have done one of those exercises where you get to eat what the average impoverished person eats a day.

They eat high on the hog every day of their lives, they could have used the sensitivity exercise.

Carolyn said...

that is rediculous!

PJ said...

How could you possibly be in a proper frame of mind to have a "Working Lunch" about the world food crisis with all that savory food in front of you. I don't like to be cynical but they obviously had already made all their backroom deals before the meal ever commenced. I wonder, was there even a blessing for the meal???? Nah!

Garden Wise Guy said...

Ilex - I'll let everyone else's cogent comments stand for the G-8 menu.

I couldn't find a direct way to send you an e-mail. Just wanted you to know that I'm sharing my secrets of "badger in britches removal" with a new comment at my blog. Sheeesh. Some people just can't figure this stuff our for themselves!

Robbyn said...

I think they should get a world-wide sampling of "relief camp food"...might get some "movement" on some of these issues if they were full of gruel...lol

FRITZ said...

Where were the truffles, dammit?

...nothing ever gets accomplished at those summits. It would have been much simpler to serve hot-dogs and sno-cones.