Should our food be packaged before they are sold?

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Packaging meat and selling them in supermarkets will help keep it fresher for longer

I have always been a big fan of fast food. Burgers, french fries and soda are meals that almost seem impossible to live without some days – it is a little bit like packaged frozen mince meat which when you get the free time it’s fun to bring back home from your nearby supermarket and cook up a storm. But a concern over meat packaging has been prevailing  lately and it’s connection to the environment: packaging for meat has actually always been looked upon as an environmentally damaging option to sell meat in supermarkets.

And yet, this is where criticism directed at food packaging is very wrong because it is not a wasteful practice to package meats and sell them at all. In fact, packaging helps both the environment and food remain fresher for longer. Vacuum packaging specifically helps meat to be tender from before and also increase its lifespan from two-to-four days to five-to-eight days. It’s not only meat but cheese and dairy products benefits from well-thought out approaches to packaging them and this problem with the freshness of food is actually finding a good number of solutions. Earlier on, simply delivering food from farms to stores could mean that their freshness was no longer intact and this would in turn increase a lot of waste getting produced.

Furthermore, there was also trouble with shoppers not always buying fresh produce and stores being compelled to sell them at huge price cutoffs before the food would go completely spoiled and become non-salable food items. When food goes to waste, it damages our environment because plenty of resources, such as water and fuel were made use of to create that food in the first place. Consuming meat is also increasing tenfold for many countries, like China and India as populations begin to include it in their diets so keeping meat fresh for consumers, with the help of good grocery packaging should be an optimal trade concern for supermarkets because not only will it be a very green-friendly idea, it would also help cut down waste for trade and agricultural production.


Plastic Bags & The 5p Charge At Supermarkets

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How worried should you be about this move that is supposed to be good for the environment?

Today is the day you say goodbye to plastic bags everywhere in supermarkets. In England, supermarkets, the really large ones, will now be charging shoppers 5p for plastic bags to carry their groceries home with them. If you are having your goods delivered to your home address then be ready to have somewhere around 40p around because a handful of them will be charging you a flat rate of 40p.

The motive behind the initiative is to have them stop littering streets. This is actually a genuine problem in most countries around the world. In Malaysia, it is still only during the weekends we are charged for plastic bags at supermarkets but I never found caring for the environment a hassle – I almost always have Hello Kitty shopping bags with me to carry around my many purchases back home, with me.

I welcome this move because it contributes to the environment positively. Plastic bags are already an issue for sewerage systems and a standard point of problem to how general waste works in developing economies. On the streets they look ugly and toxic to the climate, they are responsible for pollution, they affect marine life and in fact they are one of Mexico’s most pressing problems.


Saving The Ecosystem: Wildlife Tales

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Wolves in Yellowstone are benefiting greatly from living in a pack. They can take a prey down easily, raise families, and defend their horizons, their territory, with ferocity. The wisdom to group living fails when it comes to getting infected with something contagious, but this thought does not stand for wolves. 

Made extinct by hunting in the early 1900s, they were brought back to life from the dead in 1995, and have been closely observed as a wildlife species, since then, by the National Park Service

Some 25 or so wolves have to be tranquilized annually and fitted with radio collars, so that they can be tracked. The studies have showed that the kind of pack matters, alongside the size of it. Larger wolves are more successful at preying than smaller wolves – they can hunt, and protect themselves and act as better leaders, too.