16 May 2010
I went to the supermarket the other day to buy an apple - they costs like 10 bucks each! I just wanted the fruit - not the immigrant labourer who picked the thing!
One thing about living in the desert - forces you to rethink lots of stuff.
I've been on a pseudo-vegetarian buzz for a while - not cos I'm a tree-hugging animal lover - but bcos I think there are strong and valid environmental arguments for eating less meat.
Now, while most Indian Muslims struggle to cut down - perhaps due to the confusion that not eating meat makes one more Hindu - my arguments and debates largely seem to have a positive influence.
But here in the desert, things are not so straightforward - for example, it might just be more environmentally friendly to eat beef from Iran, than it is to eat bananas flown here all the way from South America!
I will have to look into this and build up a new argument. In the mean time, have a look at these and let me know your thoughts: http://bilalsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/vegetarian
These pictures are from Amina's garden back in Grahamstown - carrots, spring onions, lettuce and dhania - growing stuff is something I miss about SA, and I'm still struggling to figure out if anything can be grown in this dust bowl....