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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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Bagel Mom

By Deborah Elkins
July 14, 2014
File under: Empathy, Food Supply, Food Waste, Social Responsibility

No act of kindness however small is ever wasted. ~Aesop

The Bagel Mom Movement all started with a donation of bagels from a mom who knew that unsold bagels go to waste and who approached local shop owners, Ted and Patra Cichowski  of New York Bagel in Brentwood.

That one container of bagels fed hundreds of children at Paul Revere Middle School. In order to bring bagels to kids that need a little more, you have to offer bagels to everyone. Some kids really are hungry and may have skipped breakfast, but other kids are just happy to get some kind of attention… a bit of love and kindness in the gift of a bagel.

It is an honor and a privilege to be the ‘Bagel Mom.’ Every act of kindness has a ripple effect and the Bagel Mom Program has been just that.

I had no idea when I began this effort with one supply of bagels where it would lead. There was no intention or plan to be Bagel Mom; there was just the obvious waste and a corresponding need. There were kids slipping through the cracks at my schools for many different reasons who just do not have enough to eat. …read more of Bagel Mom here

 
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Farmers Market – Bountiful Local Harvest

By Marilyn Peterson
July 8, 2014
File under: Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Local Farmers, Produce

There are lots of reasons to look forward to summer, but none more satisfying than the bounty of lush seasonal produce; and nowhere is the colorful display of delectable fruits and vegetables more fresh or bountiful than at Farmer’s Markets.

Farmers markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers and a weekly ritual for many shoppers. It’s easy to compare both price and quality, because the stalls are set up close to each other.

Farmers are generally quite happy to talk to shoppers about their organic growing methods and it has never been more important to read the signs to verify that the produce is in fact, free of genetically modified organisms. (GMOs) …read more of Farmers Market – Bountiful Local Harvest 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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Avoid Butter Flavored Microwave Popcorn

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
June 9, 2014
File under: Food Supply, Health Concerns

What does chemical warfare and microwave popcorn have in common? The poison gas, phosgene, which was first used extensively as a chemical warfare agent during World War I and can cause a horrific lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans.

Bronchiolitis obliterans causes the small airways (bronchioles) to become obliterated This is a generally irreversible and fatal condition that may be caused by butter-flavored microwave popcorn.

I have written about diacetyl, the artificial butter flavoring being linked to a condition known as “popcorn lung.” Workers who had been exposed to diacetyl were dying and as it turns out the industry had known about the dangers for decades, but covered it up. …read more of Avoid Butter Flavored Microwave Popcorn here

 
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