Archive for April, 2010

The Story of Bottled Water

Booooo manufactured demand.

Get yourself a Water Bobble instead! I just got one the other day and love it. Produced from recycled plastic bottles the Bobble has a carbon filter built right in to the cap. Fill with water from anywhere and filter as you drink. Each one lasts for the equivalent of 300 bottles – so that’s 300 less plastic bottles going to the landfill! They’re only $10 and are having a buy one get one free promo for earth day. Oh, and they’re BPA free of course.

I know what everyone is getting for Christmas this year….

April 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm 1 comment

Rudd Center Podcasts

The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity has a series of podcasts available on their website from previous seminars. It’s a great resource and covers a wide variety of topics from food marketing to body weight genetics. You can go to their website to listen or download the whole mess of them free from iTunes.

April 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm 1 comment

Double (bypass) Down

I know you’ve all heard of it by now. KFC’s grosser than gross bunless sandwich. Here’s a great review by NY Times restaurant critic Sam Sifton.

April 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

Salatin in the City

Joel Salatin gave a lecture (well actually 2 lectures, but I only saw 1) Easter Sunday at the Teachers College at Columbia University. Events such as this are going on all week in attempts to create some much deserved hype for Fresh the movie. In his talk titled “Can You Feed the World?” Joel answered that question and attempted to tackle the price issue between organic and conventionally grown food.

The most common problem people have with organics is that it costs more. While this might be true, organic eggs for example contain larger amounts of conjugated linoleic acids (good for you), the correct ratio of omega 3 fatty acids to omega 6 (important), as well as more unsaturated fats and less saturated fats (also good). We could delve into the nutritional analysis of other organic veggies or pastured poultry, but I think you get the idea. The stuff’s just better for you. One reason why these items cost more is because there are fewer people buying them. If everyone in Connecticut bought eggs direct from farmers I assure you the price would be comparable to eggs you’d find in the grocery store. (more…)

April 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

Bittman on Sustainable Fish – consumer education vs corporate responsibility.

“it’s great if a consumer knows how to make choices among the five major species of tuna, but “It’s not as important as Wegman’s knowing the difference.”

Nonsanto: A Month Without Monsanto

“How did we get to the frightening point where one company is controlling most of what we eat?”

McDonald’s Sad Meals

“for adults whose lives are not quite working out to their satisfaction, who feel they are not worthy of the regular menu, or who simply wish for menu items that will not conflict with their depressed state.”

April 8, 2010 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

GustOrganics

Easter brunch at GustOrganics:

Mimosa and Bloody Mary

Empanadas – jamon y queso, caprese

Steak and eggs with potatoes, side salad and croissant

GustOrganics claims to be the world’s first certified restaurant using 100% USDA organic ingredients and also one of the greenest. Another plus is that they have outdoor sidewalk dining, which is fantastic on a sunny New York day. It’s so rare to get a totally organic meal….even in my own home it’s difficult. Their menu was quite extensive and we enjoyed everything we ate. We will definitely go back! (more…)

April 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm 1 comment

The Cove

As disturbing as this movie is to watch I believe it has an extremely powerful message and support the courage of each individual involved in making this documentary. The cause is simple: to stop dolphin slaughtering in Taiji, Japan. Exposing this story and the people behind it was not so simple.

It all started with Richard O’Brien. Back in the days of Flipper (hopefully some of you out there still remember that show) Ric worked on set as the dolphin trainer. He was actually the one, along with another colleague, who caught “Flipper” (later named Cathy) and the other understudy dolphin we’ll call Flipper #2. An avid animal lover Ric lived on set and spent most of his day with Cathy training and taking care of her. When the episodes would air he would run a long extension cord, bring his TV out to the dock and let Cathy watch herself on the show. He explained that dolphins are self-aware animals and that she could tell the difference between herself and Flipper #2 in different shots. I’ve always known these are exceptional and smart creatures, but I did not know they are self-aware since few mammals are. As Ric explains he “spent the first 10 years building the industry up” and then he’d “spend the next 35 trying to tear it down”.  So what happened to the industry? How did it go from Flipper to slaughter? (more…)

April 6, 2010 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

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