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Friday Fast One

So, this week, the only Friday Fast One I am doing is grass-fed beef.

Friday Fast One: Grass-fed meats have significantly fewer calories and significantly more nutrients than grain-fed. What this means to you: Most Americans can lose several pounds just by switching to grass-fed meats. It can help lower cholesterol, and provides important nutrients like Omegas and CLAs that are lacking in almost all our other foods these days.

If you live in or near Lynchburg and want the best, 100% pastured, 100% grass-fed, humane, and better-than-organic beef at a really great price, let me know in the next few days. We’re putting in an order to Pannill’s Gate, which is our definite preferred farm for all things beef, and you can get in on it!

Come on, don’t you just want to eat this face:

(yes, this is actually a photo of one of their cattle).

Seriously, though. People believe that it’s off-putting to see the beast you might be eating. I say that’s ridiculous. If you can’t admit it’s coming from an animal, become a vegan. One of the biggest problems we have in the US is that we are so very disconnected from our food, whether it’s meat or produce.  If you don’t know where your food is coming from, that also means you have no clue what’s in it, or what’s been done to it. It’s been proven that the more connected people are with their food, the better eating choices they make.

Get connected. Visit a farm, or grow your own!


Fast One Fridays, Oct. 29, 2010

Fast One: More bad news for HFCS:  The HFCS in many sodas contains significantly more fructose than the companies reported. What This Means To You: HFCS could be an even greater contributor to obesity than previously thought. And, as importantly, there’s NO SUCH THING as moderation of this product, because you simply cannot have any idea how much you’re getting in anything you eat that contains it.  We all know that too much sugar of any kind is bad for us, whether it be table sugar, honey, maple syrup, or HFCS. The difference here is that HFCS is in so many things because it is artificially cheap, and you can’t know for sure how much or in what formulation you’re intaking it. So, just stop eating it. If you need something sweet, make some homemade cookies, or lemonade with local honey. You’re waistline (and your brain, since mercury has been found in a large percentage of HFCS) will thank you for it.

Fast One: Morningland Dairy is headed to court, after lodging a formal complaint against Missouri Milk Board’s order to destroy their products. What this means to you: Do you like having a choice in what you eat? Do you want to be able to eat raw foods, or local foods, or foods produced by someone with a face that’s not employed by one of the Big Ag companies that already own 90% of our farms and dairies (which, btw, they still try to tout as “family farm,” so be aware of that misrepresentation)? If you do, you need to speak up. Donate (see button at the end of this post), write your representatives and let them know the FDA needs to follow due process, blog about this, and just generally raise some hell. I don’t know about you, but I am terrified to see our food options continually taken away from us.

Fast One: Only 1% of chemicals on the market today are tested for safety, says Senator Lautenburg (D-New Jersey).  The laws are lax, and only 5 chemicals have been banned in the last 34 years. This means of all the chemicals on the market, only about 200 have been tested at all. What this means to you: Who knows, since this stuff isn’t tested? Okay, that was flip, I know. The point is there, though: we can’t have any real idea of the implications. It is terrifying to think companies have little regulation, and few rules about what they can or cannot put on the market without testing. We come into contact with these things every day, regardless of how “crunchy granola” we are, because they’re in everything from flooring to cell phones to clothing. What can we do about it? Write your representatives, and ask for tougher laws. Minimize what you can (chemicals in food, etc.).

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Friday Fast Ones, Oct. 21, 2010

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So, for those of you waiting for it: Yes, I am diligently working on a Part II to the whole “Feed the World” thing. It’s long, it’s complicated, and I’m writing it in between Life and Everything Else. So, keep checking, it’ll be here soon. Now, onto…

Friday Fast One: Hershey sources it’s chocolate from areas and suppliers known for child and forced labor. It’s a well-known problem, one that other chocolatiers have taken steps to help remedy. Except HersheyWhat This Means To You: Well, that depends on how much chocolate you eat. For me, it means taking a stand against Scharffen-Berger, a chocolate that was amazing and is unfortunately now owned by Hershey. It means buying chocolate from other candy companies, or forgoing it. If you purchase Hershey chocolates or candies, you’re supporting their practices. Chocolate shouldn’t be an indulgence built on the backs of children and slaves.

And…that’s it. I know, slow week, largely because the issues of the past few weeks (The Rawsome Food raid vs. the Egg Debacle) is still ongoing. And, enough bloggers have hopped on that issue and done it better than I could that I don’t feel compelled to do a Friday Fast One on it. Suffice it to say that you should eat local eggs and do all you can to support local dairy.

Have a great weekend, and swing by for Monday Healthy Eating on..well, Monday!

Friday Fast Ones

Fast One: Store-purchased organic eggs may not live up to all they’re cracked up to be. Those in the local food movement pretty much already know this, but it’s worth getting out there. Most organic eggs from supermarkets are produced in glorified (and often not so glorified) factory farms with very little difference from non-organic eggs, except for the price tag. Supermarket brands, including Whole Foods, rank lowest on the list of quality. What it  means to you: If you’re buying Certified Organic eggs at the supermarket, you’re probably being shafted. Find a local farmer, and get your money’s worth. And, honestly, it’ll probably be less money; though, it’s still a far better value even if it’s the same price or more expensive.  Ask around at your local farmer’s market, or go to to find real eggs.

Fast One: PA rejected regulation 2777, which would have effectively banned any an all ways of selling raw milk in PA! What it means to you: Well, if you’re in PA it means you can still get raw milk. If you’re anywhere else in the country, it means that some politicians are hearing those of us who are being active about wanting choices in our food. If you want the ability to decide if you should drink raw milk, eat pastured eggs and chickens from a small farm, or any other kind of food freedom, you need to get active.  Monsanto, the Corn Refiners Association, The Dairy Council…all of these companies spend millions of dollars a year lobbying to control your food.

Fast One: Speaking of the Corn Refiner’s Association, they’re now actively pushing their “educational” agenda about HFCS on blogs, and paying or otherwise compensating “mommy bloggers” to push their product as healthy. Essentially, they give money, gifts, or other compensation to people for listening to a presentation, and they blogging the positives. CRA reps are popping up on negative-HFCS blogs everywhere, and disappear when pushed about their agenda, whether or not the CRA is paying them to comment, etc. What this means to you: Buyer beware. Take a critical look at the blogs you read, and do some digging into their integrity. Taking money or other gifts to post positively about a product or service isn’t something I consider ethical, do you? There’s a large amount of money being spent here. People are becoming more aware of  HFCS and choosing to eschew it, which is starting to hurt the profits of Corporate Agriculture. They’re fighting back, and doing it in a fairly sneaky way, which writes a story all it’s own. There’s a whole post here in and of itself, one I’ve done before in some respects; but, really, just go read the link and the comments. It’s worth it.

And, last but not least:

Friday Fast One: It’s VA Wine month! There are 180 wineries in VA, many of them using grapes grown either on their estate or in close proximity.  What this means to you: Well, a very good weekend, if you plan it right! It also means, however, that all of those locavores (I hate that word, btw) out there need to hop on this bandwagon. Supporting local includes beverages, and there are some amazing wines coming out of VA. Several wineries are competing for international awards, and holding their own. For some insights, visit Swirl, Sip Snark, Dezel at MyVineSpot.Com, Drink What YOU Like, or  VA Wine Time to check out The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, and plan a trip!

To Celebrate VA Wine Month, I’ll be splashing (which means pouring wine tastings) for Wintergreen Winery at Rebec’s Garlic Fest this Saturday. Swing through, say hello, see my New Hair, and try some great local wines! I’m the short blond with the short ‘do at the tasting station!

Friday Fast One

Friday Fast One is a new feature here at EE. Each Friday, I’ll post a few of the top things happening in food science, food politics, the local food movement, and other foodie-related areas, and a short thought on what they mean, what action can be taken, or how I hope to see things go. Let me know what you think!

Fast One: BPA and BBP have been linked to many nasty things, including developmental problems and endocrine disruption, and now obesityWhat does this mean, in short? Stop using hard plastics for water and food storage, and try to stay away from canned foods.  All of these things contain BPA, and even the “BPA Free” versions are being shown to actually contain BPA. There are a lot of things that have these chemicals in them that you can’t control–city water pipes, for example–so control the ones you can. Tips: use locally grown food you preserve yourself by canning, freezing, dehydrating, or fermenting. Use glass or metal water bottles. Use glass containers for your leftovers.  Use dried beans instead of canned. Do not purchase bottled water (tap water may also contain BPA, but because it runs through pipes instead of sitting in bottles for months or years, it almost certainly has less).

Fast One: New study shows RoundUp links to birth defects. It’s an animal study, since human studies can’t be readily performed, but the animals share reproductive similarity with humans, and the study is backed with field research showing higher birth defect rates in areas using air spraying of RoundUp on crops. What does this mean, in short: Mostly what we already knew, which is that these hardcore pesticides and herbicides have serious potential effects that are untested and unregulated. Unfortunately, since the study wasn’t done in the US, it’s likely to get ignored, much like all the previous studies of HFCS prior to the Princeton study. You, however, can opt to eat organic, local foods. Vote with your dollars, and call your representatives.

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