Diggings 15 September 2021

Nissin’s new soft drinks

Nissin’s new Cup Noodle soda series recreates instant ramen as a soft drink

Their latest celebratory release may be their wildest yet, however. Nissin has announced the release of Cup Noodle Soda, a lineup of soft drinks that recreates some of the instant ramen’s most popular flavors in fizzy beverage form! You can now scratch your noodle and soda itch with Cup Noodle Soda, Cup Noodle Seafood Soda, Cup Noodle Curry Soda, and Cup Noodle Chili Tomato Soda.

We can all do with a laugh.


Robber barons and high-speed traders dominate Australia’s water market

At the beginning of the water trading experiment, little effort was put into defining the goals of water trading, or how its success would be measured. Yet despite that oversight, it’s easy to conclude that on any relevant measure the market has failed. It has failed the environment. It has failed farmers and towns. It has failed to recognise the rights of Indigenous Australians. And it has failed in its basic function of allocating water to where it can best be used. Like a plane crash, the market failed because crucial systems and backups broke down simultaneously.


Regressive changes to Northern Territory water laws could undermine Indigenous rights

Under the cover of responding to a COVID-induced economic slowdown, the Northern Territory government is set to undermine hard-won national standards of water governance. This includes one of the most important advances in Indigenous water rights: the reservation of water for Aboriginal land owners to use or trade… The Northern Land Council called the water law reforms a “betrayal of the interests of all Territorians”. With even more regressive reforms on the books, the future of the NT’s water is looking more like its frontier past.’


Climate change means Australia may have to abandon much of its farming

With higher emissions, the reductions will be worse. Estimates of the fall in farm profits range from 11% to 50%. These changes go beyond the cycles of weather with which Australian farmers have always had to cope. Inconsistent water supplies, increased natural disasters and greater production risks will render agricultural production in many areas uneconomic. Due to these climatic changes agricultural assets, both land and infrastructure, could become virtually worthless – so-called stranded assets.


Avocados and vanilla among dozens of wild crop relatives facing extinction

Wild relatives of some of the world’s most important crops, including potatoes, avocados and vanilla, are threatened with extinction, according to a study. Vanilla, an orchid native to South and Central America, is facing the highest risk of extinction, with all eight wild species found in the region listed as endangered or critically endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) red list of threatened plants and animals.


‘It’s unsustainable’: Fruit growers urge states to stick to re-opening plan ahead of harvest

‘“We are managing through it, but it would be better if there were clearer guidelines to be quite honest,” he said. “We’d like to move our workers down from northern New South Wales into Tasmania, but it’s hard to get a clear line of sight moment on exactly how that can occur.” Mr Hallahan said he was watching the positions of Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia “with concern”, saying it was creating a lot of uncertainty within the industry over when crops will be able to be picked.’


New Zealand and Australia prepare to do battle (again) over treasured and lucrative Mānuka honey name

‘Its chair, Pita Tipene said the goal was simple – to stop the term Mānuka Honey from being used on products made outside New Zealand. “For Māori, this means that our reo is respected and a precious taonga [treasure] is being honoured and protected. For consumers, it means that they can trust they are getting genuine honey produced in New Zealand from our Mānuka trees. It also protects the industry, export earnings and jobs.”

This is going to be interesting. The AMHA argument about the name in Oz ignores that it was a cultural appropriation in the first place and I don’t but that a plant name has any less right to protection than a geographical one.


The Resistance and Ingenuity of the Cooks Who Lived in Slavery

Across both the Caribbean and parts of the United States, enslaved workers grew fruit and vegetable gardens, often called provision grounds. In some cases, people living in slavery had time away from other tasks to tend these gardens, as this produce made up for food enslavers failed to provide. “But another way to think about it is that enslaved Africans really pressed for the ability to sustain themselves,” notes Maria Franklin, an archaeologist at the University of Texas, Austin.

There are parallels here with Aboriginal peoples’ experiences under settler colonialism – the need to continue practices of food sourcing to supplement the meagre  rations that were dole out on reserves and missions and Aboriginal young girls in particular as domestics in settler households.


Meet the Woman Writing the First Garifuna Cookbook

These days, preserving Garifuna culture is an uphill battle. In Honduras, the Garinagu are in a fight for survival. For more than 200 years, they have lived on the country’s northern coast. Audrey Flores, director of the Garifuna Cultural Center, says close to 40 Garifuna communities live there today. With its white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and oil palm trees, their land is a potential goldmine. Over the last 20 years, government officials, drug traffickers, and palm oil industrialists have pushed to exploit the area for tourism, agribusiness, and energy projects. In defending their ancestral homes, the Garinagu are often subject to land theft, kidnappings, and murder.

An insight into a people and their culture of which I know nothing, but which has resonances of so many displaced peoples.


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