If also like me and using important food-related articles and projects to procrastinate on other more-important food-related projects, check out the links below! Let me enable your procrastination.
Recommended snacks for a day of passionate computer sitting:
Chunks of Energy (Cacao Goji) with salted butter. The butter takes what would normally be a slightly dry, moderately filling snack, to a level of satisfying, long-lasting perfection generally only accomplished by a ripe avocado and… no, this is more satisfying. The avocado would last 30 minutes in your stomach, tops, before hunger sets in again. Chunks of Energy, available in the bulk section of the Olympia Co-op, are great for travel and study. Trust me and eat them with butter.
Your educational, procrastinational links, m’dear:
Meat and Poultry Labeling Terms by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) – FSIS is the agency responsible for ensuring the truthfulness and accuracy in labeling meat and poultry products. Learn which claims they regulate and which are absolute marketing bullshit!
What’s Wrong with the Paleo Diet with Michael Pollan on Grist.com – This interview addresses much more than the Paleo diet. Bullet points: Humans have evolved to eat cooked food and can absorb far more of the nutrients than from raw foods. Today’s meat is nothing like that of the hunter-gatherer, with vastly different nutritional profiles. Traditionally made fermented bread is a healthy way to access a wide array of nutrients from grains. The microbes in fermented foods integral to good gut health! Best way to be healthy and fight the industrial food companies? Cook.
The Next Breadbasket in National Geographic – Do you eat soy? Soon to be grown in sub-Saharan Africa on countless 25,000-acre industrial farms modeled after those in the US Midwest. Sub-Saharan Africa, home to millions of acres of fallow land and plentiful water available for irrigation, is the new hot commodity for corporate agribusiness. These expansions of crop yields could allow sub-Saharan farmer to better feed themselves and earn much-needed cash, and could also lead to the decimation of the small 1-acre farms that currently house/employ 70% of the continent’s labor force. This is the place to watch the development of future global food production!
Why Soy Is Bad For You and The Planet on Small Footprint Family – Listen up, vegetarians, vegans, and consumers of fake meat products! Why I don’t eat soy products: health concerns aside, soy production leads to massive habitat destruction.
Agave Nectar: Good or Bad? by Nourished Kitchen – Hint: not so good.
Alice Waters Says the Future of Food is Sustainable and Locally Sourced by Alice Waters – Superstar chef of Chez Panisse in San Francisco shares her optimistic and beautiful vision of the future of food, specially around school lunches. Get a little hope from one of the food movement’s greats!
Images: Lee Price Explores Eating Habits with Photorealist Paintings – strikingly beautiful paintings of women eating, the aerial view and attention to detail perfectly portraying the isolation in compulsive behaviors