Hungry Planet: Showing a Child What Hunger Isn’t…and Is

Published on March 10th, 2008 | by

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Last week, my daughter and I visited a book store, and I noticed a book that I wanted to show her. “Come here, honey, look at this,” I said. She rolled her eyes, ever-so-slightly. At six, she’s already learning that there’s a potential lesson in everything…and that sometimes Mommy goes overboard in trying to teach […] read more

Organic isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be: Try Going Local

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Editor’s note: This guest post was written by Danae DeShazer, a student in Professor Simran Sethi’s Media and the Environment course at the University of Kansas. Danae originally published this post to the course blog on February 26, 2008. We’ve all heard of the organic craze. People are switching their diets to “organic” foods. This […] read more

Tomato Seedlings Warm Up Winter

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Particularly in August, I feel a sort of tomato delirium. I love biting through the slightly resistant outer flesh towards the tart, slippery reward of the inner gel sacs. I make salads and sauces and jellies, bruschetta and gazpacho and homemade catsup. I even make cocktails from the stuff! I probably average a three-tomato a […] read more

Beyond the Plate, the Many Methods of Composting

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Here at Eat. Drink. Better. we talk a lot about the process through which food moves from farm to market to plate. But responsible food consumption includes accountability for the manner in which food scraps are disposed. It’s all well and good to have a backyard composter if your property includes some green space or […] read more

One More Reason to Eat Organic: Metabolic Health

Published on March 8th, 2008 | by

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I began eating organic foods because I was worried about consuming compounds that are linked to cancer clusters, spiked infertility rates, and neurological disorders like autism. Once I began to learn about what compounds in conventional food could do to my body, I found factory farmed and processed fare pretty hard to swallow. Despite this, […] read more

Urban Agriculturalist: Farm to Table Schools

Published on March 7th, 2008 | by

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The Urban Agriculturalist is a series on the ways city and suburb dwellers use their land as a food resource. Toronto-based Food Share is an organization that I really admire. They take a wholistic approach to improving inner-city nutrition, employing principles of locavorism, co-op structure, and progressive, action-based learning. I was browsing their site the […] read more

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Eating Green on St. Paddy’s Day

Published on March 7th, 2008 | by

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Guest authors for this post are nationally recognized experts on children’s health, Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP. Both are pediatricians, parents, and award-winning authors whose most recent book is Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor and a Bottle of Ketchup (American Academy of Pediatrics, […] read more

NYC Gets (Fru)It

Published on March 7th, 2008 | by

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I must say, I am rather proud of my hometown this morning. In municipal legislation that combats basically every negative impact on the food chain reaction, the City Council has voted in a measure to distribute 1,000 new permits for street vendors who sell produce in underserved communities. The measure was proposed in December by […] read more

More Bad Cow News: Johne’s Disease Linked to Crohn’s Disease

Published on March 6th, 2008 | by

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I guess Thursday is Bad Cow Day. Sorry cows! I love your sweet, cud-chewing faces, but your owners have issues! According to the Humane Society, 17% of the U.S. beef supply comes from spent dairy cows. These cows no longer produce financially viable quantities of milk and are sold at steep discount to slaughterhouses. In […] read more

Farms To Get Free Pass on Emissions

Published on March 6th, 2008 | by

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Industrial farming costs us dearly in greenhouse gas emission levels. By some measures, the ecological impact of the farming industry outweighs even its economic impact. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, livestock off-gassing (methane, ammonia and others from sheep dung, cow farts, etc) makes up 18% of our total greenhouse gas emissions […] read more

Buying from the Bulk Bin Saves More Than Just Money

Published on March 6th, 2008 | by

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For every food dollar, the farmer or grower generally makes only about nineteen cents. The majority of our food dollars, 81 cents, goes to processing, packaging, advertising and transport (USDA Economic Research Service). You can save on some of these costs as well as help reduce the EPA-estimated annual amount of 80 million tons of […] read more