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How Peru won my heart

If you know me personally, you know that Peru (and Machu Picchu) are on the top of my list of places I want to travel.  If not, maybe you’ve read other posts on my blog that aim to raise awareness about global food issues, particularly in the Americas.  Not that other places aren’t beautiful, as […]

Product Spotlight: Holy Crap, Dragon’s Blend

Why have I chosen Holy Crap Cereal for the product spotlight? (Isn’t it obvious?!)  This cereal claims to be the worlds most amazing breakfast cereal.  Plus, it’s the Dragon’s blend.  And, clearly, they’re well fed, so since this is their blend, I’m in.   Here are the nutritional claims on the package (including the back), […]

Product Spotlight: Nabisco’s Honey Maid Graham Crackers

Here’s the first in a series of ‘Product Spotlights’.  If you have a specific product you’d like to request for the spotlight, please e-mail me! Here’s an interesting food story: In 1829, Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham created an unsweetened cracker (from graham flour), intended to be a bland health food.  Why set out to create […]

Vindicating Venezeula

You don’t have to be a socialist to appreciate Hugo Chavez’s efforts toward achieving food sovereignty for his country.  Though a small country of about 29 million people, the government’s radical stance on agricultural independence outlined in Chavez’s 21st century constitution is finally starting to pay off. In the 1920’s, when Venezuela struck oil, they gained […]

GM Crops: the results are in and you’re probably going to die

If you read my blog regularly, you know I hate extreme claims like “you’re going to die”  (which is why I inserted ‘probably’), but I’m not joking.  The first long term (lifetime) study examining the effects of long term GM Crop consumption is complete and the results are dismal. I have one more qualification before […]

The hype of the Stanford Food Study

If you have read a newspaper, news website, news or simply watched the news in the last couple weeks, you probably learned that a new study about organic food was recently published by Stanford University.  The major finding was that organic foods really don’t have greater health benefits than their conventionally grown counterparts. However, the […]

How fracking can affect food

If you read the news, you’re probably aware of ‘fracking’ aka hydraulic fracturing.  Basically, it’s the process of extracting petroleum (a natural gas) by using chemicals (some of which are toxic) to create pressure fractures in rock.  By doing so, oil and gas companies can speed the extraction process in deep natural gas well drilling.   […]

Trending Today: Chia Seeds

I’ve been holding off on posting about chia seeds but I’ve gotten so many questions about them recently, that I have to address the topic!  Chia seeds, popularly added to Kombucha and other trendy beverages, are being touted for their omega-3 content and fiber.  Some claim that they can help lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood […]

New strategies to encourage healthy eating

As we all know, there’s a ton of research and work going on across the country to reduce the number of overweight and obese Americans.  New ides for conveying health messages to consumers are being thrown around – but who knows if they’ll improve the food environment or confuse people even more.  Here are a […]

How local foodies can change local laws

Ever heard of Cottage Food Laws?  These laws basically say that if you want to sell foods that you make in your home (and are for human consumption), you can do so without jumping through hoops.  These laws enable the home cook to legally sell their items as long as the food is not a […]