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The Skinny on Soy Takes on Soy-Bashers!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 23, 2016
File under: Agriculture, Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Vegan

The Skinny on Soy ©Marie Oser 2016, Vegan Publishers

Soy. Mention its benefits in polite company and brace yourself for a barrage of questions and accusations directed at soy and all the products made from it.

For more than a dozen years now, posting soy recipes or articles is bound to elicit some hysterical comments from consumers frightened by an onslaught of anti-soy rhetoric from a small group of serial soy bashers

Soy has a long and venerable history spanning fifty centuries of Asian culture and has been the subject of more than seventy years of research in the scientific community.

As interest in the health benefits of soy intensified in the research community, the popularity of soyfoods skyrocketed and acceptance among mainstream consumers began to take hold. …read more of The Skinny on Soy Takes on Soy-Bashers! here

 
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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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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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