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Response To Dr. Septimous

This is a response to Dr. Septimous (Letters: 7 May, 2005)

When I went to Tripoli last summer I noticed how people buy bread and throw most of it out. Many of them only eat the top skin of the bread and dispose of the rest.

The typical garbage of a Libyan family includes most of their meal. Why do people waste so much? The answer is obvious. Food supplieas are too cheap. I know Lamb is expensive. But, you do not have to eat lamb every day. I believe once a week is plenty. Red meat is not good for one's health. The average Libyan forgot how to walk. Even going to the bakery, which is often less than 0.25 of a Kilometer, is done by driving. Why? Gasoline is too cheap!

When the prices are too low, they encourage waste. OK?

Dr. Shukri Ghanem is on the right track. We need price adjustments in Libya.

Libyans also have too many children. Five to six is the average. Is that really a must? Children cost money? Raising them, schooling them and so on. There are ways to enjoy marital life without producing kids as they were rabbits.

Let's all wake up! It is a new century!! Families in the industrial nations have 1 to 3 children-If any at all. I have one myself. And yes. I am capable of and know how to have more. But, I do not think I need more.

If one is not making a lot of money, one must adjust instead of producing more mouths to feed or waste what comes cheap. A loaf of bread in America costs over a dollar. In Libya, that same dollar can by you over 20 loafs.

Basha Muhandis - from beautiful Tripoli


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