The Egg of Discord: Unclear Ethical Concerns Lead to Controversy

If you're among the majority of Americans and don't keep your own egg-laying hens, you may still want the most ethical egg that money can buy. The New York Times' article, Sorting Through the Claims of the Boastful Egg, can help demystify your egg purchases, distinguishing between the labeling a...

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Tags: Eggs, Ethics, Fair trade, Food, Local, Organic

The Refrigerator: Cause of Energy Waste or Solution to Food Waste?

The New York Times' article "Trashing the Fridge" was a great example of passionate environmentalists on both sides of an issue without a clear-cut right or wrong. For those on the anti-fridge side, coolers, maybe a small freezer, frequent trips to the grocery store and smart planning have helpe...

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Tags: Appliance efficiency, Culture, Food packaging, Food waste, Fridge, Refrigerator

Imagining the Climate Impact of Fast Food

Funny that just the other day I posted that menus could go farther than just posting calorie counts by including the carbon impact of each entree. Grist posted about the disconnect between fast food and its global ramifications today in much more graphic terms: "Fast food chains are part of a va...

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Tags: Fast food, Imagination, Oil, Petroleum

Dairy Cow Dreaming, New Zealand Style

The social hierarchy of a dairy herd is such that, if left to organize, they will be milked in the same order every day. The older, wiser cows jostle to the front of the herd. The younger, unruly members follow along reluctantly, offering the farmer a kick when possible. Like humans, cows menstru...

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Tags: Cows, Dairy farming, New zealand

The Experts Say "Go Veg" - But Will We?

Ok, ok, we get it - going vegetarian (and eating locally grown, in season food) is the best thing for the environment. It's better for our overall health to throw more veggies into the mix. It can be better for our wallets. It's better for everything ever! So why are so many adults resistant to ...

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Tags: Food, Meat, Trial, Vegan, Vegetarian

Little Food and Prep Changes Add Up

I'm preparing for my Eat Clean Diet trial and have already started phasing a few things out of my diet and adding some others in. Out goes soda, most candy, potato chips, and the little Bob Evan's sausuage biscuits that I adore. In comes more veggies, water, and dried fruit and nuts. Making my b...

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Tags: Cater to the eart, Eat clean, Food resolutions

Europeans Have Their Own Climate Change Skeptics

Apparently not all Europeans are snooping into each other's garbage looking for recycling infractions. Some, like Czech president Vaclav Klaus don't believe in global warming, and even worse, like to take out their frustrations on everyone's favorite target, Al Gore. I don’t think that there is ...

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Tags: Climate change skeptic, European union, Global warming, Science

Gastronomic Racism or Extreme Localvores?

The Times Online has a fascinating article about the Italian movement to kick out kebabs and other "foreign" foods in an effort to "protect local specialties from the growing popularity of ethnic cuisines." As I wrote earlier today, the government may not always be the best arbiter of things lik...

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Tags: Ethnic food, Local foods, Localvore, Racism

Menu Calorie Counts: The Trend That May Be Coming to Your Area

On a trip to New York City not too long ago, I was studying the menu in a restaurant when I noticed two rows of numbers. One, in dollars and cents, the price. The second took a double-take to decipher: calories. Like the warning label on a pack of cigarettes, the highest calorie counts lent even ...

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Tags: Calories, Menu labeling, Restaurant calorie labels

Has Your Child Gotten the RDA of Dirt Today?

In my lifetime I have seen the proliferation of so many choices on the grocery store shelves that simply didn't exist in my childhood. In the case of cleaning products, there used to be several types based upon location of use (kitchen, bathroom, floors), and I believe in my mother's or grandmoth...

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Tags: Child health, Cleaners, Green cleaners, Green school

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