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How Big Food Twists the Science

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
August 31, 2016
File under: Food Production, Food Supply, Health Concerns

 

Just like mosquitoes are the vectors of spread for malaria, a landmark article published recently in one of the most prestigious medical journals described large food corporations as the vectors of spread for chronic disease. Unlike “infectious disease epidemics, however, these corporate disease vectors implement sophisticated campaigns to undermine public health interventions.” Most mosquitoes don’t such good PR firms.

A key message was that “alcohol and ultra-processed food and drink industries use similar strategies as the tobacco industry to undermine effective public health policies and programs.” What they mean by ultra-processed are things like burgers, frozen meals, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, potato chips, doughnuts and soda pop.

But how is the food industry like the tobacco industry? …read more of How Big Food Twists the Science here

 
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Cans ~ Economical, Convenient and Environmentally Superior

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 15, 2016
File under: Food Production, Food Supply, Healthy Eating

Facts about canned goods that may surprise you!

Canned food has been feeding the world for more than 200 years.  Necessity is the mother of invention and like many inventions the metal can came into existence to solve a specific problem.

In the early 19th century, soldiers in Europe had to carry their food supplies for long distances in harsh conditions and the first cans were designed to sustain them in the field. This innovation proved to have many benefits for civilians, offering wide food access, previously restricted by seasonal factors and geographic reach.

Today, can manufacturing is a major economic force. Americans use more than 130 billion cans a year, which translates into an eight billion dollar industry with 200 manufacturing plants in 38 states, employing more than 35,000 workers.

Endlessly adaptable, versatile and efficient, the metal food can remains one of the safest of packaging solutions and the most economical and environmentally friendly. …read more of Cans ~ Economical, Convenient and Environmentally Superior here

 
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California Drought ~Who’s Really Using Up Most Of the Water?

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 15, 2015
File under: Agriculture, Food Production, Water

 

Some scapegoat almonds, while ignoring the cow in the room.

California is experiencing one of its worst droughts on record. The Golden State is home to an agricultural industry with more than 400 commodities and produces nearly half of the vegetables, fruits and nuts gown in the country.  Across the nation, US consumers regularly purchase several crops that are produced exclusively in California.

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the agricultural industry in the Golden State is the largest in the country ($46.4 billion for its output in 2013). California agriculture is also responsible for 69 percent of the nation’s commercially available fruits and nuts.

Only about four percent of California’s water footprint is the result of individual use, however California residents have been asked to be very vigilant and cut back drastically on household water use.

According to a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) a stunning 80 percent of California water goes to agriculture, so if we really want to talk about drastic conservation, perhaps we should look at our food choices. …read more of California Drought ~Who’s Really Using Up Most Of the Water? here

 
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Chambers Farms’ Outstanding Harvest and Unique Roasted Soy Flour

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
January 20, 2015
File under: DIY, Food Production, Gluten-free, GMO, Healthy Eating, Saving Money, Vegan

The Chambers Family has been farming on the same fertile land in Iowa near the Minnesota Border for 131 years.

Samuel Chambers, a veteran of the Civil War and his wife, Elenora settled just outside Corwith Iowa in 1883.   The couple had traveled from Ohio and lived in the upper portion of the barn they built on the land until a house could be built. Wild hay was the cash crop at this time.

The family built a granary in which one room was lathed and plastered to serve as a school.  Some students traveled long distances and would stay at the Chambers house, if a storm came in.  …read more of Chambers Farms’ Outstanding Harvest and Unique Roasted Soy Flour here

 
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Does Organic Food from China Meet the Same Standards?

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 29, 2014
File under: Food Production, Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Organic

There is one thing that most chefs agree on, it is that they prefer organic produce to that which is conventionally grown by an overwhelming margin. While choosing organic is a moral, environmental and indeed healthy choice, for chefs it is all about taste.

According to a report by The Organic Center in Boulder, Colorado, eating organic fruits and vegetables will increase the body’s antioxidant intake by about 30 percent, as compared to conventionally grown produce.[1]

Organic food differs from conventionally produced food in the way it is grown, handled, and processed. Organic food is also produced with renewable resources that promote the conservation of soil and water to enhance and preserve the environment.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put in place a set of national standards that food labeled “organic” must meet, whether it is grown in the United States or imported from other countries. …read more of Does Organic Food from China Meet the Same Standards? here

 
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