This is the life; becoming semi retired is great but it gives me more time to read and think. It’s obvious to me now, that my later years will be spent as a ‘Mr(s) Victor(ria) Meldrew’ having far too much to complain about, mostly the state of the world..!

Number one issue at the moment for me,  is the destruction of the world lungs, the rain forests; we lose trees in order to plant palm oil trees to use in shampoos and cosmetics and soya plantations to feed our ever growing meat requirements. There is more on this issue, but not today……

Let’s see what this means to us as individuals; by not using cheap palm oil our shampoo becomes more expensive…or so the manufacturer will tell you. How on earth did we make shampoo before palm oil was a main ingredient? We used castile soap, diluted with a small amount of water to make soap shampoo, or a baking soda-based shampoo, which is easy and cheap to make at home even now.

Why so much soy? Cattle used to graze on grass; turning what we can’t digest into high quality protein that we can eat. Now they are fed on derivatives of corn and soy, all to fatten them fast, in the process diminishing the quality of the meat. This is an interesting article if you have time.

About 85 percent of the world’s soy beans are processed, or “crushed,” annually into soy bean meal and oil.  Approximately 98 percent of the soy bean meal that is crushed is further processed into animal feed with the balance used to make soy flour and proteins. Of the oil fraction, 95 percent is consumed as edible oil; the rest is used for industrial products such as fatty acids, soaps and biodiesel.

How do we get it?

Solvent extraction: This process, which is the one used most commonly around the world, uses hexane to leach or wash (extract) the oil from flaked oilseeds. This method reduces the level of oil in the extracted flakes to one percent or less. Taken from…

I know this is seems like a complaint too many, too late, but we do need to wake up and realise that big business, including farmers, are making money at the expense of people and tribes, animals and the earth herself. Do we really want this to happen, when for the use of a little common sense and right thinking we can reduce our requirement for substances that are so destructive?

We can show our distaste by reading the labels on cosmetics and not buying, and only eating meat from organic origins (where possible), Talk to your MP, join a pressure group. Take Action.

Sorry but there will more like this to follow. I know I am not alone so please keep reading and pass on to others.

Diane Holliday …aka Victoria Meldrew…!!