Woman walks to market with fruit at Cartagena de Indias, Colombia photo by Zé Eduardo
Woman walks to market with fruit at Cartagena de Indias, Colombia photo by Zé Eduardo
Via Huffington Post:
It is quite prevalent, according to a study done in New York City by marine conservation group Oceana. The researchers gathered fish samples from local restaurants, grocery stores and fish markets and then used DNA testing to determine whether the meat actually came from the species indicated on the label. [Read more...]
“I love this salad for its festive appearance. I also love that it’s really easy to make. Because it combines cooked–nobody in my family resists the taste of fine galettes of potatoes–and raw ingredients that balance taste and texture, this is an appetizer that is both refreshing and comfy, elegant and accessible.” Learn how to make this [Read more...]
Everyone remembers the “Happy Meal Project” which showed us that a McDonald’s Happy Meal menu is practically no getting old and moldy, even after several months in the open air, which raises another doubts over the composition of fries and burgers at McDonald’s… Created by Sally Davies, know that this project is still ongoing, and the Happy Meal purchased April 10, 2010 is now over 979 days! Soon be 3 years sitting on a coffee table with nothing covering it. No bugs, no mould, no smell, nothing… wow.
Now this is #freshnergy, Caleb Charland doesn’t use an average lighting set up for his photographs. Instead, he harnesses the power within fruits, vegetables, and other foods.
His latest project was powered by a single orange, which used iron nails to conduct the electricity. The photo above required a 14 hour exposure.
2012 has been rather tumultuous for Trader Joe’s and their products. Earlier this year, they recalled their chicken salad and onion products over a listeria scare, and peanut butter over the Sunland peanut salmonella outbreak. Now they’ve recalled 4,865 pounds of their “Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice” due to possible listeria contamination.
According to Huffington Post, 420 cartons have already been distributed to stores in the following cities and states:
New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine and Rhode Island.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is worried that consumers may have already purchased the ready-to-eat dish; anyone who thinks they may have purchased a recalled product should check its label. It’s stamped with the product code “2012-10-31″ and lot code “30512.”
I came across this article last week while surfing Yahoo! Health and felt compelled to share. Most of you may not be pleased with what you read but, as they say, knowledge is power & food is life.
1. American Eel
Why It’s Bad: Also called yellow or silver eel, this fish, which frequently winds up in sushi dishes, made its way onto the list because it’s highly contaminated with PCBs and mercury. The fisheries are also suffering from some pollution and overharvesting.
Eat This Instead: If you like the taste of eel, opt for Atlantic- or Pacific-caught squid instead. [Read more...]
Although I don’t watch Dr. Oz often, I’ve found his advice to be quite informative. The information below certainly does not fall short of that expectation. Read. Ponder. Apply. [Read more...]
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Instead of dwelling on the defeat of Prop. 37 in California, the measure to label genetically modified organisms in food, supporters of GMO labeling have a positive take on the 4 million people who voted yes on Prop. 37—a sure sign of a growing food movement.
Just after the announcement that Prop. 37 didn’t pass, California Right to Know, the grassroots campaign that supported the measure, called it a “narrow loss” and a “movement victory.”
The ‘movement’ refers to food finally entering politics. Michael Pollan recently delineated the difference between lifestyle choices and political choices when it comes to food in the New York Times Magazine. According to Pollan, participants in the food movement have done a better job of fostering alternatives to Big Food’s industrial agriculture than targeting them directly. As a result, local and organic food has become more popular through farmers markets, community-supported agriculture, and sustainable farming…
In addition to having high concentrations of vitamin C, citrus fruits are also high in potassium, valuable minerals and dietary fibre (More nutritional information).
Interesting hydroponic unit developed by Daiwa House Industry. Leaf lettuce can be grown in 42 days from sowing seeds to harvesting. The yield is about 30 head a day, or 10,000 a year.
A drawback is the intensive use of energy, “Because agri-cube uses fluorescent lighting instead of sunlight for cultivation, the biggest expense is electricity.” Would be dope to work this with a solar unit.
Via Huffington Post
Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing is recalling 38,200 pounds of beef products due to possible e. coli contamination, according to a USDA release. The products were distributed to wholesale and retail stores in California and Salt Lake City, Utah. Here’s what’s being recalled:
The potential e.coli was detected through lab testing by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. There have been no reported illnesses.
Tear leafy parts from a head of kale into 2″-3″ pieces. Whisk 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil and 1 Tbsp. soy sauce in a large bowl; add kale and toss to coat. Spread out kale in an even layer on a baking sheet. Cover with another baking sheet and bake in a 300° oven until crisp, 12-15 minutes.
“Kings of the Carnivores.” That’s what The Economist called Americans in April when looking at global per capita meat consumption. Only Luxembourg eats more meat. Indeed, nearly every year since World War II, as America’s population has increased, so has the number of animals we raise and kill for food. The amount of meat we eat per person has also steadily increased throughout much of our history, and with that increase, more farm animals have been taken off the land and forced to live in factories. To put it mildly, it hasn’t exactly been a good half-century for farm animals.
That is until the last five years, when American meat consumption began to take a nose dive—an unprecedented 12.2 percent drop, to be precise. During that same time period, the US population grew by millions, yet because of this drop in per capita meat consumption, we’ve been raising and killing several hundred million fewer farm animals each year, amounting to billions of fewer animals enduring inhumane factory farming practices than would be expected given historical trends.
What’s Driving the Trend?
We needn’t wonder about the cause of this drastic drop, since we can ask the experts themselves. CME Group—one of the world’s largest derivatives exchanges and owner of the Dow Jones Index—issued its own analysis. CME points to increased feed costs, which raise the price of animal products, and revealingly, they also note:
“Add in the efforts of a large number of non-governmental agencies that oppose meat consumption for reasons ranging from the environment to animal rights to social justice and one could conclude that it was amazing that consumption held up as long as it did.”
Exactly. People are choosing to eat fewer animals, and not just to save money—although that’s a compelling reason. The signs to support this idea are all around us.
A Kansas State Study concluded that animal protection campaigns have tangibly reduced demand for poultry and pork; aNation’s Restaurant News cover feature titled, “Veggie-heavy brands see growth in sales, popularity with consumers,” touted the growth in meat-free eating; and a global food-industry consulting service made clear that the campaigns about the problems of mass meat production are “impacting consumer markets.” A USA Today article from March summed it up: “Whether due to rising prices, concern for the environment, or a growing emphasis on health, Americans are eating less meat.” The pressure is being felt all over, and for the first time in decades, our overconsumption of meat is beginning to get reined in.
The Big Surprise
Interestingly, the numbers and headlines aren’t being driven by an influx of new vegetarians and vegans. Last year, a national poll found that the number of vegetarians in America remained at about 5 percent. But the same poll found that a whopping 16 percent of people now eat vegetarian more than half time. In other words, take 50 million people and put them on a so-called “flexitarian” diet, and the shrinking figures for meat consumption start making sense. Put another way, while Americans may not exactly be turning to vegetarianism in droves, tens of millions of people are deciding that the American diet need not be so heavy in animal products. And anyone concerned about animal suffering, the planet, or public health should be able to agree that’s a good thing.
While this decline in meat consumption has helped to reduce the number of animals raised for food, a drive for better treatment of farm animals has also been increasingly successful during this same period. In fact, while 10 years ago no state had banned any standard factory-farming practice over animal-welfare concerns, today nine states have passed laws to prohibit practices such as confining pigs, calves, and chickens in tiny cages, cutting off dairy cows’ tails, and force-feeding ducks for foie gras. And an increasing number of major retailers are also demanding improved treatment of farm animals by their suppliers.
Important Steps Forward
Just a few years ago, it seemed inevitable that the United States would retain its place as the king of carnivores. A sharp drop in meat consumption would have seemed impossible to virtually any reasonable onlooker. And yet it was Nelson Mandela who declared, “it always seems impossible—until it’s done.” But we shouldn’t forget that these trends aren’t self-executing. They’re occurring for an array of reasons, including the work of so many thousands of animal, health, and environmental advocates who keep making the case for a more humane and sustainable diet. Billions of animals have been spared the misery of factory farms in part due to their efforts—an historic accomplishment, for sure.
The longest journeys begin with single steps, and of course the animal-protection movement still has a long way to go. But we’ve taken many important steps in recent years, steps few would have imagined possible just five years ago. As the late animal activist Henry Spira liked to say, it’s up to us to keep pushing the peanut forward.