Category Archives: Food. Sort of.

In which we express our sadness over Bacon’s evil nature

baconYou knew it already, right? But here’s the latest on what ingesting Bacon (and hot dogs and other processed meats) can do to you.

Let’s play the factory farm game!

farm-playset-hed-2015In honor of World Food Day (that’s today, and thanks, Cynical, for the reminder), let’s play Factory Farm!

It’s new (kind of)! It’s gross! It’s thought-provoking! And it comes with real, live, fake-block-animals!

Americans on SNAP don’t eat well

2012-06-17_18-06-30_69Check out what, according to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, poor people eat, as opposed to the rest of us. You’ll notice the information comes from  the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

The study says:

…food stamp program participants, though they might be managing to muster as many calories as everyone else, are putting food on their plates that is substantially less healthy than even the current, uninspiring American standard.

Consumer demand did not create California’s drought

indexAs pointed out here, at ThinkProgress and here, at Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, the fact that you like avocados (or almonds, or any of the host of crops grown in the Golden State) has nothing to do with that state’s drought.

(And that’s despite what features such as this one would have you believe.)

There’s been less rainfall than  usual, and higher temperatures, and we could consider our food system broken if we’re relying strictly on one state for our bounty.

Meanwhile, check this out. NASA has something to add to the water discussion. And thanks, Cynical, for the links.

Have a Coke and a…uh…

80 Percent of Public Schools Have Contracts With Coke or Pepsi, says Mother Jones.

Even if you don’t consider the other contents, check out how much sugar‘s in those drinks — which makes this kind of corporate double-speak, yes?

Scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva on genetically-modified seeds

You can read more here.

And thanks, DickG., for the link.

What if instead of planting flowers, cities planted vegetables?

And then people who needed to could take those veggies for free?

Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center‘s doing just that. The brainchild of 21-year old center intern, Ethan Burke, the idea is to fill planters with growing vegetables, train people to care for them, and then offer the veggies to people who need them. The program, BOTS Pots (named after Hartford’s street newspaper, Beat of the Street, another center project), will launch this Friday, and doesn’t this just make sense?

The first plantings are sponsored by First Church of Christ (also known as Center Church), in downtown Hartford. Charter Oak’s executive director, Rabbi Donna Berman, said:

As a result of limited food choices, it is often the case that Charter Oak’s neighbors are left with less healthy foods to eat. This has influenced the rise of obesity and diabetes in the neighborhoods. That’s why a program like BOTS pots is so important.

If you want to help this worthy project, adopting a pot costs $300, but you can send any amount to: Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, CT 06105, and put BOTS Pots in the FOR: line on your checks.