Organic fruit and vegetables

Our health depends largely on the food we eat. Modern research has shown a link between the propensity to develop certain diseases, and our love for high-processed foods.

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Vegetables and their products

There are different types of people, and there are various options, people like everything to be their way and this is quite problematic when it comes to food. In every family there are a lot of people, and to meet the demand of each is practically impossible.

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Hot flash help from fruits and vegetables

ost of women do not know about the physical and mental distress associated with menopause, and they think that entry into the menopausal age will be easy. These women are ignoring the initial tentative signs of menopause and continue their normal life.

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How important are vegetables and fruits in your diet?

Phytochemicals minerals and vitamins, which vary depending on what color they are. In other words, the phytochemicals in the red strawberries will be different than the orange mango, which is also going to be different than a green pear.

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Tips for storing vegetables and fruits

Blueberries and grapes
This fruit can last 10-14 days dikulkas and somewhat longer if placed in the freezer, but do not rinse before she went into the freezer.

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Nutrition for proper Fitness

You might have made a resolution for 2013 to trim down the belly fat or to make your waist slimmer. When you have such goals in mind you need to take a decision to become fit. It is however, not as easy to achieve such goals as it is to think them up.

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Known About Dining Table

The dining table is a unique piece of furniture used as a dining room. In general, an individual who sits at the table and eat food. This article can sometimes be stored in the table in order to facilitate this process.

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Sustainable Food Blog

 

How do we fix our crappy food supply?
Michael Pollan had another excellent article in the NYT this week, called Why Bother? about whether individual choices, like planting a garden, can effect social change.

Food for dog reviews

As we all know, for our pets like dog and cat it is even more important to have good qaulity food. Today there are a lot of different dog food brands, like BLUE BUFFALO, CALIFORNIA NATURAL, BREEDER'S CHOICE, NATURAL, FLINT RIVER, NATURAL BALANCE, ROYAL CANIN, PEDIGREE, etc. and it is hard to select dog food with proper quality. Now you can read online dog food reviews of all top brands with dog owners feedbacks.

These photos are from the Healthy Food and Community flickr group!

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Measured against the Problem We Face, planting a garden sounds pretty benign, I know, but in fact it’s one of the most powerful things an individual can do — to reduce your carbon footprint, sure, but more important, to reduce your sense of dependence and dividedness: to change the cheap-energy mind.

You begin to see that growing even a little of your own food is, as Wendell Berry pointed out 30 years ago, one of those solutions that, instead of begetting a new set of problems — the way “solutions” like ethanol or nuclear power inevitably do — actually beget other solutions, and not only of the kind that save carbon. Still more valuable are the habits of mind that growing a little of your own food can yield. You quickly learn that you need not be dependent on specialists to provide for yourself — that your body is still good for something and may actually be enlisted in its own support. If the experts are right, if both oil and time are running out, these are skills and habits of mind we’re all very soon going to need. We may also need the food. Could gardens provide it? Well, during World War II, victory gardens supplied as much as 40 percent of the produce Americans ate.


This reminds me of something I swear I read on You Grow Girl

This reminds me of something I swear I read on You Grow Girl recently (perhaps it was somewhere else) about gardening changing one's mindset - you become a producer, not just a consumer, which is pretty subversive in a culture that's all about consuming. Here is another interesting idea, also from the NYT. A children's shelter in Texas is preparing to care for the kids from that fundamentalist polygamy sect.


Wish us luck!

I heard it through the grapevine... I just heard the news that Cornell plans on opening a teaching winery on campus.

Cornell (located approximately in my backyard) has lots of agricultural and food production programs. I really think it's awesome that the dining halls serve milk from Cornell's dairy and cider from Cornell's orchards. There is even an apple vending machine in the plant science building, where you can buy experimental varieties of apples and leave a comment card saying what you think of them.

There's even a student-run organic farm on campus, and they used to set up a farmstand once a week right outside the building I worked in. Excellent blueberries, and garlic scapes, and even (once!) they were selling pieces of the unusual and delicious chicken mushroom.


Sustainable food isn't sustainable if it's a luxury for the rich.

The book is basically an expansion of his article, "Unhappy meals," that was supposed to be a condensation of everything we know about what you're supposed to eat. The conclusion, Pollan wrote, is that we don't know much besides that we should just eat our damn vegetables. Or as he put it, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." That slogan graces the bunch of leafy greens on the front of the book.

The book is, mainly, a critique of "nutritionism", the idea that one can proscribe what to eat based on what we know about the nutrients (fat, protein, vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, ...) present in those foods.

Pollan's conclusion is that the "western diet," with its processed foods and abundant sugars, is the problem. According to early research, almost every traditional diet is healthier than what Americans and Europeans have been eating for the past century or so.


Photo by Paul Keleher on flickr

I saw a robin this week, which makes it official: spring is almost here. "Almost" as in "when it stops being cold and snowy," which might not be for a while.

This means it's time to start thinking about your garden (or somebody else's). What kind of garden will you grow? What will you put in it?

Will you start plants from seed? Which ones, and how much time will they need? Where will your seeds come from - a catalog? a store? last year's tomatoes?

 


The important question now is - without trays to steal, what will students use when they want to go sledding?

This one looks delicious: black bean ice cream at Too Many Chefs. As author Barrett points out, we already eat ice cream flavored with vanilla beans, cacao beans, coffee beans, and red beans - why not black beans? The ice cream is seasoned with a pinch of cumin and cayenne, and looks delicious. Just the thing to go with the local black beans I noticed in my neighborhood co-op today!


Saving heirloom tomato seeds

"Heirloom" varieties of plants are ones that have been grown year after year, in the case of tomatoes saving the seeds each year to grow the next. (With apples, which are grafted rather than grown from seed, an "antique" apple is one with a known history and pedigree, and an "heirloom" is one without).

Fun fact: Most store-bought vegetable seeds are hybrids, meaning they were produced by crossing two particular strains. Hybrids don't breed true - if you plant the next generation of seeds, they won't look like their parents and your yields will probably be less. (Why? Recall your Punnet squares.) Want true-breeding tomatoes? Try heirlooms.

So if you have the luck to grow heirloom tomatoes in your garden - or to pick up a tasty heirloom at a local market - you can save the seeds to grow more of the same tomatoes next year.


5 ways to get the best deals at the farmer's market

JD of Get Rich Slowly did a survey of his local grocery shopping options, from the farmer's market to the expensive grocery store, the discount grocery store, the produce stand, and more. He expected the farmer's market would be the best value for his money. The winner was actually the produce stand, judged both by price and by a little rating chart that gives points for the store being convenient, supporting local farmers, etc.

At the Ithaca Farmer's Market, the average prices are sometimes more than you'd pay elsewhere, but the produce isn't nearly the same. You don't get vine-ripened Cherokee Purple tomatoes, to name one of my favorites, from any kind of indoor shopping experience. [Update: Wegman's has them, but at $4/lb. Compare to $3-$3.50 at the market.]


Trayless dining

Alfred U, my alma mater, has eliminated trays from the dining halls. Turns out they're not the first - a quick google shows them joined by Penn State, Colby College, Saint Joseph's in Maine, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Some schools have done the trayless thing as a one-off awareness raising event; others, like Alfred, plunged in head-first. No trays, starting today, was their announcement.

The dining halls are still all-you-can-eat, but diners have to make the decision: Is this worth taking now? Is that worth coming back for?


Vinegar pie

Hey Americans: don't you hate it when you find a recipe you like but it calls for strange things like "500g flour" or "200g chopped onions"? These recipes usually come from Europe or someplace weird like that. Seriously, you're supposed to weigh your food in grams? What, haven't they heard of measuring with cups, or just counting the number of onions you chop?

Well, I'll admit it. They won me over. I keep a scale in my kitchen now, and I love recipes that measure ingredients by weight.


Local specialties make the best sustainable gifts

It's that time of year again - when every publication is putting out gift guides. Treehugger's includes things like Hawaiian honey, Californian cheese, Alaskan caviar, and bamboo from who knows where.

It's great that they're highlighting sustainably produced products, and I applaud them for some of the choices on the list. But I can't really get behind the larger idea, that people all over the country are choosing gifts off the same list and calling them sustainable.


Pickled apples

I've never liked pickles, but Marty (the only regular commenter here, thanks Marty!) talked me into fermenting some pickled apples. Now, if there's one thing I like, it's apples. If there's another, it's fermentation. (beer, yogurt, cheese, bread, wine - all great ideas!)

So, adapting a recipe from the Joy of Pickling, I made pickled apples. (If I had read all of the Joy of Pickling, I would have been able to smartly adapt it further - you'll see what I mean.)


What kids eat - tales from parents and lunchrooms

The Expatriate's Kitchen is a great food blog that especially shines for its thoughtful advice on getting kids to eat their vegetables.

Like many adults I know, I was a picky eater as a kid, and only started sampling strange foods after I left college. I've discovered that I like almost everything I formerly thought was gross.

Kids may have good reasons to be wary of vegetables - in nature, an adventurous eater might pick up something poisonous. That's my own theory, anyway, and it could explain why kids are so big on eating foods they recognize. The Expatriate Chef recommends a strategy of giving the kid lots of exposure to the vegetables you want to demystify. She writes about the idea that a kid has to be exposed to a food about 15 times before they'll want to eat it.


Beer is Biotech

An interview with Larry R. Bush, Ph.D., MBA and president of BioPartners, Inc.
When did angel investors start becoming interested in biotech?
The glib answer is hundreds of years ago when someone realized the huge commercial potential of mass-producing beer and spirits using fermentation techniques. After all, fermentation technology falls under the rubric of “biotech.”


Beer is Biotech Part 2

There is some debate among angels and people in the industry on what biotech exactly entails. Can you explain in your own words?
I suspect the debate arises from the huge breadth of the field, along with the fact that it is esoteric and arcane to many, with its own jargon. I would define biotech[nology] as the utilization of biological systems (stem cells, fermentation systems), information (bio-informatics), or processes derived from animals (including bacteria or viruses) or plants that leads to the production of any value-added asset. This could include (but is not limited to) therapeutic or diagnostic biopharmaceuticals, vaccines, agricultural products. The asset could even be new actionable knowledge, from which new products or ideas could germinate.


Beer is Biotech Part 3

Where in the world are the hottest regions for biotech?
An excellent question. Presently, America reigns supreme in both pharmaceutical and biotechnology. California and Massachusetts are the perennial dominants, followed (in no particular order, since they vie for third place and below) by Texas, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Michigan and Florida. In the US, different regions and states are providing enticing initiatives to budding biotechnology firms and entrepreneurs to locate within their borders.


Beer is Biotech Part 4

The recent debacle related to tainted pharmaceutical ingredients notwithstanding, China has the potential to become a major power in biotechnology and I predict that it will, barring some political-economic upheaval. It possesses the economic resources, the will and – recently - the brainpower and talent to make this come to fruition. Last May, the NY Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, lamented the exodus of high tech graduates returning to China after training in top American.