食品不安全!?其實,你我都是共犯 (1) Food Insecurity!? We are the accomplice indeed (1)

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食品不安全!?其實,你我都是共犯

毒澱粉事件(在台灣)已經延繞多時,事情越演越烈,還登上國際版面,甚至連被不少人認定為「黑心王國」的中國大陸,都要將台灣製的食品下架…

民眾怪業者黑心,急於自清的食品業者則回過頭來抱怨是政府把關不嚴,搞的政府一面查緝,卻又對外宣稱其實毒澱粉的毒性很低,要民眾「不必過度驚慌」,結果,媒體成了另一個中槍對象,認為新聞報導誇大,危言聳聽。

當然,政府是頭號共犯,台灣官方查驗為合格的食品,到了新加坡卻被驗出含「毒」,說穿了,不但是檢驗技術不如人,就連相關法令規範都落後國際水準;而將責任推給政府的業者,也難辭其咎,工業用澱粉和一般食用修飾澱粉,價差有四到六倍之多,如此大的價差,難道採購時不該更謹慎小心?

不過,其實你我,也都是共犯結構的一份子。

試著想想,你、我對美食的要求,或者說,對美食的讚美,是否經常圍繞著「軟嫩」、「香Q」、「彈牙」等這些字眼,其實,這都是間接的幫食品添加物抬轎罷了;再來,現今社會普遍有「俗擱大碗」、「銅板美食」的消費風氣,也導致食品或餐飲業者一味的講求做菜流程快速、簡單,吃起來卻仍美味,於是,成本低廉的食品添加物,就成了滿足業者,也滿足你、我口腹之慾的最佳解決方案。

而這股消費風氣,其實和已經辦了二十多年的「中華美食展」有關(今年已決定停辦),在於每年的「中華美食展」都是由一堆食品添加物業者贊助;也和大行其道的「美食行腳節目」有關,在於過份強調「色香味俱全」,甚至將廉價超值作為節目的賣點;當然,更與被視為台灣觀光命脈的「夜市美食」脫不了關係。

所以說,業者作菜會加東加西的,真的和你、我是有關係的。

政府、業者,當然是黑心食品的罪魁禍首,而你、我,也該為了確保食品安全先改變自己。來看看《紐約時報》美食評論作家 Mark Bittman 怎麼說,這是他在2007年所作的TED演講,在談論我們現在的飲食方式所存在的問題 (太多肉類、太少蔬菜;太多快餐,太少在家中煮食),並解釋這種飲食方式如何危及整個地球。請留意 “食品不安全!?其實,你我都是共犯 (2) “

Food Insecurity!?  We are the accomplice indeed

The scandal of Taiwan poison starch (with unapproved additive) revealed the government failed to do their work. The food testing system was a total failure. However, the author believed it is also the need of the customers which caused the manufacturers to add more and more additive nowadays.  Customers wish to buy cheap but fast and tasty food and all the food show, food fair has always been promoting the budgeted “tasty” food all the time.

The only way we can do to make sure we have safety food is by changing our perception towards the concept of good food.

Below is a TED talk sharing by Mark Bittman. Mark Bittman is a food columnist from New York Times. In this video he talked about the problem of the eating habit of human beings (included eating too much meat and fast food; consuming not enough vegetables and rarely cook at home). He also explained why this diet habit is endangering the whole planet.

Please stay tune for “Food Insecurity!?  We are the accomplice indeed (2)”

資料來源:TED x Taipei  

圖表:台灣衛生署

延伸閱讀:上下游 News&Market 新聞市集 

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