The New York Times recently published an article linking red meat to cancer and heart disease. Fast Company posted an infographdepicting the same. Pink slime has caused a national outcry. Yet it’s not all red meat that we should fight, but meat from poorly raised animals.
It used to be that cows could roam freely, feeding on grass and taking their time and space to grow. When the animals matured, farmers would walk them to the local butcher shop where we would pick up our daily protein needs. Then came refrigerated transportation, meatpacking factorization (think The Jungle), corn subsidies, and antibiotics that made the entire process cheaper, faster, bigger, and less about the quality of the food we eat. It brought cheap meats to Americans, but at what cost? Beef transformed from a locally-sourced seasonal food to something we make from mixing foodcoloring and mush (and no matter how happy it looks, it’s not right). Here are 10 reasons why we should go back to sustainably raised, grassfed beef.
For those interested in sustainable farming & buying local food may we recommend Broken Limbs, an Emmy-nominated documentary, which explores the hopeful stirrings in American agriculture and shows how every one of us can have a hand in taking back our food. Now available on Netflix watch instantly.
Wenatchee, Washington, “Apple Capital of the World.” This pastoral Valley in the heart of the Pacific Northwest prospered for nearly a century as home to the famed Washington apple. But the good times have vanished. Apple orchardists by the thousands are going out of business and thousands more await the dreaded letter from the bank announcing the end of their livelihoods and a uniquely American way of life.
After his own father receives just such a letter, filmmaker Guy Evans sets out on a journey of discovery to try to find out what went wrong here in this natural garden of Eden. Along the way he witnesses small farmers forced off their land as they struggle to compete against the Goliaths that populate today’s global economy. Continue reading
Today’s Thanksgiving home-cooked feasts aside, our eating patterns are trending in the wrong direction.
Over time. we’ve tended to go from cooking our own food to relying on more processed, packaged and non-perishable fare. Researchers say this slow transition, along with other factors, has resulted in an increasingly obese population, rife with heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses.
Oldways, a Cambridge non-profit that promotes healthy eating, wanted to help solve this problem. The group spearheaded a 20-year research project that put together a panel of experts — community health experts, culinary historians, nutrition scientists and even a representative from Whole Foods who has worked with the WIC program for needy women, infants and children — to collectively come up with a healthy eating model. Continue reading
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett) is going downright prehistoric by signing up for the Paleo Diet.
Also known as the Caveman Diet, this regime involves consuming food only found in nature, such as game meat, vegetables, fish, wild fruits, and nuts, etc. The basic idea is to return to what human beings ate before processed food was introduced.
Jesse is tracking his progress via Twitter (@jessetyler)and his Paleo food journey hasn’t been so easy. About a third of the way into his “30 day” diet trial, Jesse admitted, “I’m not gonna lie. I want a Martini. BAD!” Continue reading