Category: food

Starting to think about making the switch to Vegan

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By , September 5, 2017

I’m planning on ¬†starting with this information…

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BPA Messes With Your Hormones‚ÄĒand It’s in These Canned Foods | Mother Jones

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By , June 7, 2015

Heads up, canned-food eaters: A report released today by the Environmental Working Group details which canned food brands use bisphenol A (BPA) in the lining, and which don’t.Most of us know BPA as the plastic additive that mimics the hormone estrogen and has been removed from things like water bottles and baby formula packaging. But BPA lines an estimated 75 percent of canned foods in North America, protecting the metal from corroding and preventing bacteria from getting in. This has environmental advocates concerned, because the chemical leaches into the contents of cans at far higher rates than it does into, say, the water in your water bottle.A 2011 Harvard study found that those who ate canned soup every day for five days had levels of BPA in their urine that were ten times those who had fresh soup. Another study from the same year found BPA in 71 out of 78 canned food samples, with concentrations varying drastically between food types and even within the same product. The Food and Drug Administration maintains that BPA is “safe at the current levels occurring in foods,” though scientists have linked low-dose, long-term exposure of the chemical to to breast cancer, changes in the reproductive system, and other health problems.

Source: BPA Messes With Your Hormones‚ÄĒand It’s in These Canned Foods | Mother Jones


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By , December 1, 2012

Legumes rock!  (or at least they pebble)  

Sure, there are lots of  creative uses for legumes: craft and art projects like mosaics and inlays, filler for musical and juggle-able instruments and so forth, but did you know they were also Edible?

Yay plant based proteins!  

Along with all the main course and side dish meals one comes across, ¬†there are also many appealing desert (cookie and bar mostly) recipes using legumes. ¬† I’m also continuing my search on growing legumes in small areas, or vertically, but that’s another day. ¬†For now, how about some of cooking basics…

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Prop 37 Supporters Holding Out Hope

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By , November 16, 2012

Prop 37 Supporters Holding Out HopeWith nearly 3.3 million votes still uncounted, supporters of the genetically modified labeling initiative are not accepting defeat

Proposition 37 is trailing¬†by 558,832 votes, 47 percent to 53 percent, with all precincts partially reporting as of Friday afternoon, according to California’s Secretary of State Debra Bowen‚Äôs office.

But, the office has also reported that nearly 3.3 million votes have yet to be counted.

A Patch reader has pointed out that, of the remaining 3,295,045 votes, 1,926,939 votes, or approximately 58.5 percent, would have to be ‚Äúyes‚ÄĚ votes for Prop 37 to pass, assuming that all the remaining ballots have a vote cast on Prop 37.

Secretary of State Bowen reminded the public in a Nov. 8 statement that county elections officials have until Dec. 7 to report their certified vote counts to the Secretary of State. However, many media outlets and campaigns choose to call an election sooner, based on the near certainty that a measure has either passed or failed.

The state’s website will be updated each time a county elections official provides an updated report.

via Prop 37 Supporters Holding Out Hope – Petaluma, CA Patch.

prop 37 loses

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By , November 7, 2012

WTF California?

Proposition 37: Proposal to label genetically modified foods is defeated

The no side raised $46 million and spent nearly $27 million on radio, television and Internet advertising across the state. St. Louis-based Monsanto, a leading maker of genetically engineered seeds, was the largest single contributor with $8.1 million.


Prop. 37: Genetic food labels loses

Opponents argued that the price of new California labels, or the cost manufacturers will incur by changing over to non-GMO ingredient, would be passed on to consumers. The No campaign calculated that households would pay as much as $400 more a year in grocery bills. But there is no independent study to show that.

Opponents, raising more than $45 million, had the backing of large agribusiness and chemical companies such as Monsanto and Dow, and food manufacturer giants, including PepsiCo. The Yes campaign raised about $6.7 million and was supported largely by the organic industry, consumer groups and alternative medicine organizations.

About 70 to 80 percent of processed foods sold in the United States are made with genetically engineered ingredients such as corn, soybeans, sugar beets and cottonseed oil. The seeds for these crops have been genetically altered in the lab to make them more resistant to pests and invasive weeds.

But proponents of Prop. 37 said research shows the risks of eating genetically engineered foods range from allergies to organ damage. They also contend that because weeds are rapidly becoming resistant to the genetic formula of these plants, more herbicides are being used.



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Food Fight: Debating Prop 37

By , October 24, 2012

 Democracy Now:

Food Fight: Debating Prop 37, California’s Landmark Initiative to Label GMO Food


On Election Day, California voters will decide on Proposition 37, which would make their state the first in the nation to require the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The California Department of Public Health would be responsible for labeling everything from baby formula and instant coffee, to granola, canned soups and soy milk. Many major corporations, including Monsanto, Dow Chemical, Pepsi and Coke are spending millions fighting the measure, which stands to impact labeling practices across the country. We host a debate on Prop 37 with two guests: Stacy Malkan, a longtime advocate for environmental health and spokesperson for the “Yes on 37 California Right to Know‚ÄĚ campaign; and David Zilberman, professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Center for Sustainable Resource Development.

via Food Fight: Debating Prop 37, California’s Landmark Initiative to Label GMO Food.

green for safety and sustainability

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By , August 16, 2012

You’ve seen me mention¬†Guerrilla¬†Gardening before, but I haven’t spent much time talking about the why. ¬†Another study was recently published explaining the connection between greener lots and lower crime rate. ¬†¬†

Study Finds Greening Vacant Lots Reduces Overall Crime

Green vacant lots make neighborhood residents feel safer while reducing overall crime, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The study, published in the journal Injury Prevention, found its results by using randomized trial design to examine the impact of vacant lot greening. Two clusters of lots were selected for testing. One cluster was greened with help from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society by removing debris, planting, building fences, and performing regular lawn maintenance. The other cluster was left vacant, according to Science Daily.

 Of course there have been lots of studies on greening vacant lots before.  

 Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten.

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By , March 26, 2012

Popcorn: the snack with even higher antioxidant levels than fruits and vegetables

Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a pioneer in analyzing healthful components in chocolate, nuts and other common foods, explained that the polyphenols are more concentrated in popcorn, which averages only about 4 percent water, while polyphenols are diluted in the 90 percent water that makes up many fruits and vegetables.

In another surprising finding, the researchers discovered that the hulls of the popcorn ‚Äď‚Äď the part that everyone hates for its tendency to get caught in the teeth ‚Äď‚Äď actually has the highest concentration of polyphenols and fiber.

“Those hulls deserve more respect,” said Vinson, who is with the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. “They are nutritional gold nuggets.”

The overall findings led Vinson to declare, “Popcorn may be the perfect¬†snack food. It’s the only snack that is 100 percent unprocessed whole grain. All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cereals are called “whole grain,” this simply means that over 51 percent of the weight of the product is whole grain. One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 percent of the daily intake of whole grain. The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill that gap in a very pleasant way.”


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the joys of ginger

By , October 3, 2011

Don’t you just love ginger? ¬† Ginger candy, ginger ale, ginger in meals, baked goods and even decorative treats (gingerbread men, houses etc). ¬† Nothing like a cup of ginger tea, and I recently found out the plants are lovely.

Ginger lasts a good long while, and we always have it around,  Lucky for me,  Himself  loves to cook with it.

Though I had tasted many delicious dishes with ginger, I first got into it ¬†when we started sailing. ¬† Having a bit of candied (crystallized)¬†ginger in the galley helped with any nausea or sea sickness that guests might feel. ¬†It was also a nice snack that could be stowed for a long while. ¬†Back then I purchased ¬†crystallized¬†ginger at a¬†Trader Joe’s¬†¬†store. ¬†But the recipe is easy enough. ¬† ¬†

I still ¬†love ginger, but now-a-days I mostly enjoy it as an afternoon tea. ¬†I chop or thinly slice up about an inch or two and just pour hot water directly over it in the cup or ¬†tea pot. ¬†Some like it with a bit of honey but I think it’s perfect as is. ¬†¬†

Ginger has quite a reputation as not only a delicious flavoring for many food recipes, but also as a plant with many healing properties.   The lore on Ginger associates it with the element fire.  Health, vitality and protection are key themes.  

I didn’t know what this plant looked like until recently. ¬†I had never grown it before, ¬†so about 3 months ago I looked up some growing tips (for indoors) and planted some. ¬† That’s my young plant on the right –> ¬†Isn’t it pretty? ¬†Reminiscent¬†of bamboo. ¬† ¬†If you get up close and smell the leaves, it’s got a delightful aroma. ¬†

How to grow Ginger Indoors

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