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BTL: 10th March, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT FROM THE MARKET So BTL was doing marketing rounds on a late Saturday afternoon when she spotted something that many of us take for granted or just
10 Mar 2019 19:44
BTL: 10th March, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT FROM THE MARKET

So BTL was doing marketing rounds on a late Saturday afternoon when she spotted something that many of us take for granted or just don’t notice at all! What happens to the unsold fruits and veggies that market vendors leave behind, especially those that come from the village?

While the majority goes into the waste bins and eventually the landfill, BTL spotted a fellow collecting what was left of them.

Question is what did this fellow do with it? While you may have your theories, the most likely one is that he resold it.

In an era where waste management is becoming a major concern such a money-making initiative can actually teach us a thing or two.

BTL saw a documentary on Canada’s food waste industry and how Canadians are getting creative in solving their food waste problems. It is a clever way of turning the still edible fruits and vegetables into something that can be a life-saver for the homeless or less fortunate.

Think about it. If one was to collect the leftover crops from the market, cook them and serve them to the less fortunate, what a better Fiji it would be!

Or if you want to get entrepreneurial, then why not do what this fellow was probably doing. Turn trash into cash!

 

NOT WINNING WAY

One of our national sports teams visited people at Lautoka Hospital last week. Good gesture? Yes. But not really a good result.

BTL heard that when they walked in, some were not properly dressed. A poor impression to start with. First own goal, so to speak.

BTL also heard that they were too loud, laughing and joking away amongst themselves and actually disturbing the patients.

Second own goal, so to speak.

It would never happen with one of our rugby teams.

 

BRIBERY BID STORY EXPOSED

BTL read an Australian report that an Australian businessman with strong underwood links tried to bribe a Fijian court official in the $30 million John Nikolic cocaine/catamaran case.

The attempt to sabotage the case emerged as Nikolic was sentenced to 23 years in jail.

Our local official is a hero for not being tempted by the big $ sign.

 

MEDIA ETHICS 101

Certain so-called mainstream media need to be careful not to generalise and criminalise an entire community. Reports on the fake abduction of the 13-year-old by this media lot led to vilification

Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) chairperson Ashwin Raj has reminded the news media to adhere to the principles of rule of law and fairness.




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