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Originally posted by middleway at 2008-7-5 16:34
haha. yes, it is the number one priority of a lot of old chinese, they don't leave a single grain of rice on the table, even if it makes them sick, I'd never seen anything like it in my life before ...
when virtue of thriftness became another target of criticism?
We believe when an animal is slaughtered for meat, every part of it should be consumed. And we are creative enough to make them delicious. Take poutry dishes for example, wherever you go in China, you will see, we eat chicken and duck feets, duck necks, stomach, etc etc. They don't only appear in low-end eateries, fancy restaurants serve these dishes too. This is considered a gratitude towards the food that Mother Nature grants us. Not only us Chinese, but my Spanish and Italian friends told me their peoples think the same way. So when world's food crisis is a imminent threat to us ALL, the way how people in some developed world treat food is a too wasteful. Take chicken for example, in US, people consume white meat and chicken legs, and the rest part will be, i don't know, made into fertilizers, or ended up in some dog's food or even thrown away? Don't you think it is a waste when millions of people on this planet go to bed hungry?
China has always been a populous nation, understandably, plagued by famine throughout the its history. People in their 50s and above have fresh memory of the latest one in 1960-1963, tens of thousdands of people starved to death. When I grew up, we still used food ration coupons. The ration for each adult for each month is around 7.5 kilo That's the reason why the idea of self-reliance on grain supply is well received in our country and why economist Lester Brown with World Wide Watch was considered as "just another prejudiced westerner" when he remarked: " China could be a burdern to world's grain supply in early 1990s. So don't blame them.
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