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Forks Over Knives

Thanks to Ellen for sharing this link with me.  The trailer for the movie Forks Over Knives looks great, doesn’t it?  Too bad there’s a “long wait” for it on Netflix.  It looks like this film is based on the book The China Study, which was one of the things that pushed our family to eating mostly vegetarian.  Glad to see this information becoming more mainstream knowledge.

Once I see it, I’ll review it here.

Greener and safer food storage containers

It’s hard to find food storage containers that aren’t made of plastic.  Especially portable ones for lunches on the go.  That’s why I was so excited to see a new vendor at the antique market in my neighborhood.  They were selling all sorts of lunch boxes and containers made of stainless steel, glass, and other safer materials.

Here are some of the great finds I got:

  • Lunchskins – bags made of frosting piping material.  Free of lead, BPA, and phthalates.  Dishwasher safe.  A great alternative to plastic sandwich bags.
  • LunchBots – My sister-in-law gave me one last year and I love it.  They make various sizes.  I love that they aren’t breakable like many of the glass containers we use at home.  Much better for my children’s school lunches.
  • Lifefactory sippy cups – These bottles and “cups” are made out of glass, but are protected from breakage by a silicone cover.  The sippy cup top is made with plastic #5 (one of the safest options out there) with a silicone stopper to prevent leakage.   Continue reading

Why does every glass of Tropicana taste the same?

Regardless of season or the location where the oranges are grown?  Why does it never taste like Minute Maid or any other brand of OJ?  Read this blog post to find out.

Want to eat more veggies? Eat vegetarian!

Most Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, especially not up to the 13 servings recommended for optimum health.  That can seem like a ridiculous amount of produce, unless you eat a mostly vegetarian diet.  And I’m not talking about the unappealing meat-substitute variety of vegetarian–the one where you eat veggies burgers and veggies sausages and soymilk and a bunch of other soy-based meat replacements.  But rather, a vegetarian diet that is full of vegetables!

For about two years now, my family has eaten mostly vegetarian.  I suppose the true term for what we’re doing is flexitarian, as we still eat seafood and bison, although that only happens a couple times per month.  The rest of the time, we eat vegetarian.  And when we do this, we really eat a lot of produce.  For example, last night we had enchiladas.  Rather than being filled with meat and cheese, ours contained black beans, pinto beans, onions, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, zucchinis, summer squash, garlic, green onions, tomato, and cilantro.  Rather than serve them with sour cream and extra cheese, ours were served with guacamole.  I didn’t even bother with a side veggie or salad as the main course was almost entirely vegetables and legumes.  This morning for breakfast, we had our usual banana nut whole wheat pancakes.  Rather than serve them with sausage or bacon, ours came with a generous side of fruit salad.   Continue reading

Stopping GE foods at the source: manufacturers

This is my 400th post on this blog since I started it in August 2007!

My favorite grocery store, Vitamin Cottage (Natural Grocers) had this letter for shoppers today.  I thought it was good enough to share here:

So far this year, there has been a flood of approvals for genetically-engineered (GE) foods, beginning with GE alfalfa.  Soon after the USDA approved GE alfalfa, the agency defied a federal court order which had stopped the planting of GE sugar beets and approved a “partial deregulation” of Roundup Ready sugar beets to be planted in the spring.  Sugar beets are used for sugar production and to make ethanol fuel.  Following on the heels of the partial deregulation of sugar beets, the USDA approved a GE industrial corn to use for ethanol production, which farmers and industry experts fear will pollute our edible corn supply, and a drought-resistant corn which the agency admits performs no better than conventional corn.  Genetically-modified salmon and a GE plum, the “HoneySweet,” are next on the list to be approved.  According to the USDA’s own website, “HoneySweet will cross with other domestic plum trees” and there is a fear that GE salmon will irreversibly affect the wild salmon population. Continue reading

63% of agriculture subsidies go to meat and dairy

The new USDA food guidelines no longer consist of a pyramid–now it is a simple, clean plate with fairly equal portions of grains, vegetables, fruits, protein, and smaller portion of dairy.  However, this article points out that while the USDA is telling Americans to eat this way, less than 1% of U.S. agricultural subsidies go to fruits and veggies, while 63% go to meat and dairy.  Another 20% goes to grain, most of which is used to feed meat and dairy producing animals.

If you’d like to see the government stop subsidizing the same foods that are making us unhealthy and overweight, consider signing this petition.  This petition was prefaced with this text:  “The epidemic of childhood obesity now affects one in three school-age kids.  Yet government subsidies have driven down the cost of sugar-laden, high-fat foods, while prices for fruits and vegetables have increased nearly 40 percent in the past 25 years.  Curbing the taxpayer subsidies to agribusiness that have made a box of Twinkies cheaper than a bag of carrots is an important step toward curbing childhood obesity.”

Update on bill about photographing farms

I recently posted about a bill in three states (Florida, Minnesota, and Iowa) that would make it illegal to photograph farms.  SlowFoodUSA.com collected almost 33,000 signatures on their petition against these bills and for transparency on farms.  The bill has failed in Florida and hopefully will do the same in the other two states.

Even better, over 400 farms uploaded their photos to Slow Food USA’s Facebook page.  Many shots of the pigs are absolutely adorable.  If those photos don’t make you want to support small, local farms, I don’t know what will.

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