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I thought you would enjoy this article from the Slow Food USA Blog! Please comment below!
Written by Jeffrey Gangemi, Director of Partnerships and Communications at FarmPlate.com
The numbers clearly show that demand for local food is growing. According to the USDA, the market for local food “sales to intermediaries, such as local grocers and restaurants, as well as directly to consumers through farmers markets, roadside stands and the like” could reach $7 billion this year, up from about $5 billion in 2008.
There are lots of ways to support the local food movement. Of course, starting a farm, investing in sustainable food businesses – even buying organic – all require relatively significant financial resources.
Increasingly – and particularly through the use of technology – people from all sorts of backgrounds are able to do their part to support the small farmers, artisans and entrepreneurs that are remaking how we eat in this country. Their message is clear: we can all do something to help fix what’s broken about our food system. ……Read More
I’m back after a month and a half hiatus! Sometimes life and farm get in the way of research and writing. I have more important information to share with you about food ingredients. In my first three posts, I shared 9 food ingredients to avoid: aspartame, monosodium glutamate (MSG), partially hydrogenated oils, BHA, BHT, high fructose corn syrup, artificial food dyes, sodium nitrates and nitrites, and agave nectar. I’m going to suggest that the best way to avoid all of these ingredients is to examine your buying and eating habits and eliminate as many processed foods as you can. The closer you can get to an organic, whole foods diet, the closer you’ll get to eliminating unhealthy, and even toxic, ingredients from your life. I just watched Dirt! The Movie and was inspired by the story of the hummingbird told by one of the contributors and stars.
When wild fire broke out in the forest, this little hummingbird got right to work flying to the stream to get water and flying back to put it one drop at a time onto the flames while all the other much larger animals looked on, paralyzed by fear and helplessness. When asked what she was doing and told that she could never put out the fire that way, she replied, “I’m doing the best I can.” Read the rest of this entry »
In Part One, I covered reasons 1-5: 1. Healthier, Cleaner foods = Healthier You (and CHILDREN), 2. Healthier Soil, 3. Biodiversity, 4. No Genetically Modified Organisms, 5. Water Quality
Please read on to find out my reasons 6-10!
6. It Tastes Better
You could say that this is just the organic eaters’ bias. And maybe that’s true sometimes. I know that I taste a difference when I eat at a family function or a restaurant versus at home. This is especially striking for meat. There is no comparison of organic pasture-raised meats to conventionally raised meats in taste. Every year on our farm we have a pot luck cook-out with our CSA members. Every year I make basic burgers with our beef (nothing added). Every year I get asked what I use to season the burgers and am told over and over how good they are. There was also a recent study done at Washington University on the taste of strawberries. Organic strawberries were consistently found to be sweeter than their conventional counterparts. So now there’s proof other than your taste buds! Read the rest of this entry »
I used to wonder what all the fuss over organic was about. My parents bought and ate organic for a year or two before I did. I’d marvel at their food choices and wonder how anyone could afford it! I didn’t see the point. Then I started to read and learn. I started to get to know some organic farmers and found out what it was REALLY all about. Looking back, as a cancer survivor it should have made sense to me sooner. I just didn’t know enough. Now as a mom and an organic farmer it’s a no brainer. Here’s my Top Ten:
1. Healthier, Cleaner foods = Healthier You (and CHILDREN)
Food grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers are healthier for you if for no other reason than those chemicals are not getting into your body and over-taxing your liver. Pesticides actually accumulate in fat deposits in your body where they remain and cause damage. This damage can surface as cancer, nervous system disorders, behavior and developmental abnormalities, reproductive system problems, and damage to other organs. This is especially critical in children who are exposed to four times higher levels of pesticides than adults and pregnant and nursing mothers. The good news is that switching to organic foods makes a dramatic change in your body’s pesticide levels fairly quickly! Read the rest of this entry »
As I bask in the sunshine at my local farmer’s market these days, I feel the slightest twinge of worry, knowing the delightful organic berries, cherries, peaches are not going to last through fall. But this year, I’m changing my strategy–I’m bringing my favorite fruits right into wintertime with me. I’m starting now, and I’m trying to save money while I do it. It’s all about preservation. Preserving foods, that is. Some foods cost way more when they’re organic, but some don’t. My friend Janice did an interesting comparison of organic vs. conventional milk, eggs, OJ, and a couple other staples here in California, and while her results showed that several products are relatively competitive, I’ve found that when it comes to organic peaches and berries, it can be trickier to find a good deal. Since these are my favorite foods and my kids cannot live without them, I’m on a mission to find ways to buy lots–for cheap. Aside from growing my favorite fruits in my garden, here are three more cost-effective strategies for finding cheaper organic fruit:
So what are these “studies” and what do they really show? Here’s an excerpt from a student article.
One French study analyzed twelve foods, and concluded that organic is ahead in terms of nutritional quality and micronutrients. In organic food one finds more micronutrients essential for good health: vitamins A, C, E, vitamins of the B group, and other elements such as zinc and minerals such as calcium.
Having an outdoor meal is always fun but can also be damaging to the planet if not planned conscientiously. Just imagine the heaps of eco-unfriendly litter, such as plastic cups; disposable plates and utensils lazy picnickers leave behind after a lovely picnic day. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a happy and green picnic at the beach or at the park.
There are tons of ways you can have a green picnic without spoiling the fun. Find out some of the environmentally friendly picnic ideas below: