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Food: Shopping Globally, Drinking Locally, and other news

When I return to my RSS feed after a few days away, I'm amazed at the bounty that greets me (and sometimes overwhelmed by it). Today a bunch of food insights were waiting for me, so I thought I'd share the wealth: Do you know where your food has been? Use the Global Grocer tool from Food and Wat...

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Tags: Energy, Food, Food safety, Global, Juice, Microwave, Produce
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Heirloom Tomatoes and Monsanto: Maybe Not the Most Natural Hybrid

Heirloom seeds are awesome, right? They produce tastier, more varied vegetables and have been handed down for generations because they are particularly suited to local growing conditions. Civil Eats points out Scientific American's recent article attempting to debunk these beliefs. Could it be th...

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Tags: Biodiversity, Diversity, Engineering, Food, Garden, Genetic, Health, Monsanto, Vegetable
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Batik Easter Eggs: Layers of Color and Symbolism

Pysanky, Ukrainian "batik" eggs Dying eggs in bright, store-bought colors is simply fun to do, even if you don't celebrate Easter...the same way people from any faith tradition can enjoy squishy marshmallow chicks and biting the ears off chocolate rabbits. Likewise, you don't have to be Ukraini...

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Tags: Culture, Design, Easter, Egg, Faith, Food, Tradition
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Envisioning Healthy Eating: Alternatives to the Food Pyramid

There was a chilling op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle that really points out the inadequacy of our current definition of "healthy": Here is a daily diet that meets those nutrition guidelines: Breakfast: 1 cup Fruit Loops; 1 cup skim milk; 1 package M&M milk chocolate candies; fiber and vitam...

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Tags: Food, Kids, Pyramid, Usda, Values
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The New White House Garden

ABC's The Note reported yesterday that there will be an organic garden on the grounds of the White House. The garden will be overseen by Mrs. Obama. This is an important step towards closing the gap between the production (and producers) of food and political power. Kudos to the White House Orga...

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Tags: Food, Gardne, Local food, Obama, Organic food, White house
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Micro-activism: Local Foods

I usually try to change my behavior as a first step in understanding issues and inspiring change. I never tell people that they should do what I’m doing, but I always explain why I’m doing it. If nothing else, it gives my friends and me something to talk about over craft beers. With the upcoming...

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Tags: Farmers markets, Food, Fresh, Green, Local, Local food, Locavore, Organic, Shopping
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Aiming for the Heart and the Stomach: Food Reform

"I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach," said Upton Sinclair about his book The Jungle a story of workers' rights set in the filthy stockyards of the early 20th century. At the time, readers focused more on the tainted sausages and less on the men, women, and chil...

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Tags: Factory, Food, Food safety, Health, Processing, Worker
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Tom Vilsack and the Avatar of Healthy Eating

Read the hilarious--and mostly spot-on--post in Civil Eats today: Lying, Smoking, Drinking, Big Ag: Why The Disney-USDA Partnership For “Healthy Eating” Is A Dangerous Alliance. (I say mostly because there's an image of the President that I can't quite wrap my mind around). And this “policy” als...

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Tags: Children, Cravings, Food, Imagination, Kids, Marketing, School
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Secretary of Agriculture: Less likely to use us-vs-them thinking?

How will our food policy change now that our New Secretary of Agriculture is someone with weight issues? Said Tom Vilsack about dealing with a weight problem since childhood: Food is a fairly significant aspect of my life. I have struggled mightily with food. With my weight. And I'm conscious of...

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Tags: Agriculture, Diet, Food, Obesity, Overweight, Policy
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Healthy, Convenient, Inexpensive: The Three Dietary Pillars

My post the other day referred to a cashier's wish that she could afford to feed her family as well as a health-conscious customer. My point was that the more challenges you have in your life, the harder it is to make lifestyle changes. Then I came across a post in the always thought-provoking V...

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Tags: Diet, Food, Health, Money, Vegetarian
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