Be Kind to Turtles

Looking for inspiration on World Kindness Day? No al consumo de huevos! Poaching turtle eggs and selling them to bars and restaurants is a major threat to endangered sea turtles. But newly established Cotorco, a group dedicated to  the conservation of marine turtles surrounding Corcovado National Park on Costa Rica’s remote Osa peninsula, is working to educate against poaching and overfishing. Their cause gently reminds us that the things we buy to eat or wear have implications... Read More

The Last Food Article You Will Ever Need

Earlier this month, I read an article that summed up our health and food choices so well, I tracked it down to repeat. Here’s Mark Hyman, MD on The Last Diet You Will Ever Need: Why is it that we believe we can feed our bodies industrial, nutrient-depleted food-like substances empty of life and be healthy? How did we come to believe that food industry chemicals and processing could replace nature-made foods? A hundred years ago all food was organic, local, seasonal, fresh... Read More

Farm Bill 101: Don’t be Chicken

Before you run away, let me be the first to admit the Farm Bill, and relevant issues we may vote on in November, seems a tad overwhelming and maybe just a wee bit boring. But I’ll also admit that I believe anyone who eats should know something about what they’re putting in their mouths and why. So I was glad to see the big concepts wrangled into this accessible, and even interesting, Farm Bill Interactive Infographic that addresses how we determine which foods are... Read More

How to Feed 300 Million Insatiable Americans?

Yul Kwon (of Survivor fame) shares a savory first bite of food sourcing systems and costs in PBS’ first episode of America Revealed: Food Nation (53 minutes). Food Nation: America Revealed Watch Food Nation on PBS. See more from America Revealed.  Read More

Trick or Treat?

Don’t be tricked into believing your food is something it’s not. Courtesy of Culinate.com You probably already know that the word “natural,” when stamped on a food product, means next to nothing. But polls and surveys repeatedly show that most consumers think “natural” means a food is good, clean, and fair — and are duped into paying more for it. As PCC Sound Consumer, the newsletter of a Seattle-based grocery chain, recently pointed out, the belief... Read More

What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?

Vitamin donuts? Black market margarine? See the evolution of America’s diet and our government’s effect on what we eat at the National Archives’ exhibition What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? through January 3, 2012.  Covering propaganda to innovation, historic documents illustrate Uncle Sam’s role in food production from farm to  factory, and its role in consumption from kitchen to table. Now if only we could take a transparent look at corporate America’s... Read More

Food 101

Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, about many of today’s food issues is summed up in this primer by Sustainable Table. Additives Much of the food we find at today’s supermarkets is highly processed and contains numerous food additives. These substances are used to change the way food tastes and looks (altering the color and texture), to improve the nutritional quality of foods (adding vitamins and minerals), and to increase the food’s... Read More

Agricultural Policy Should Fuel Health, Not Epidemics

Is our government making us fat, or just stupid? Elizbeth Kucinich of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine points out in the Huffington Post that the USDA spends billions of dollars on agricultural programs that support the foods health experts tell us to avoid. It invests $1.5 billion in meat and dairy production in spite of the fact that its own guidelines recommend choosing more plant-based foods (fruits/vegetables) and avoiding meats, cheese and other foods... Read More

Factory Farms Close to Home

Urban Gardener Mike Lieberman called our attention to this award-winning interactive factory farming map created by Food & Water Watch and New Signature. The map shows where U.S. factory farms are concentrated by specific animals, regions, states and counties.” Link to see what’s going on near you.  What to do? Leiberman suggests checking out some of the posts below to see how you can help stop factory farming: Unprecedented... Read More

Parting with Too Much Green at your Farmers Market?

Getting to our farmers market first thing Saturday morning is an adventure (especially if we take the bikes) and a treat. It’s a chance to pat ourselves on the back for supporting clean local fare, but also a chance to part with a load of cash. So, food policy guru Barry Estabrook‘s study comparing prices at farmers markets vs supermarkets is a more than welcome read.  It claims organic items at farmer’s markets are nearly 40 percent cheaper than at neighboring... Read More

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