Most Americans Think It’s Others Who Are Unhealthy March 1, 2010
Despite rising rates of obesity and diabetes, a new survey has found that a majority of Americans believe their health is just fine – it’s everyone else who has the problem.
More than 50 percent of respondents said that other people’s health “was going in the wrong direction.” In contrast, only 17 percent said their own health was going in the wrong direction.
Our food environment is changing. Check out this year’s Top 20 Food Trends, as reported by the National Restaurant Association. Overall, these are really, really good things.
- Locally grown produce
- Locally sourced meats and seafood
- Bite-size/mini desserts
- Locally-produced wine and beer
- Nutritionally balanced children’s dishes
- Half-portions/smaller portion for a smaller price
- Farm/estate-branded ingredients
- Gluten-free/food allergy conscious
- Sustainable seafood
- Superfruits (e.g. acai, goji berry, mangosteen, purslane)
- Organic produce
- Culinary cocktails (e.g. savory, fresh ingredients)
- Micro-distilled/artisan liquor
- Simplicity/back to basics
- Regional ethnic cuisine
- Non-traditional fish (e.g. branzino, Arctic char, barramundi)
- Newly fabricated cuts of meat (e.g. Denver steak, pork flat iron, Petite Tender)
- Fruit/vegetable children’s side items
Mom’s diet may alter infant’s allergies February 25, 2010
Eating lots of vegetables and fruits during pregnancy may lower the chance of having a baby with certain allergies, hint study findings from Japan.
Greater intake of green and yellow vegetables, citrus fruit, and veggies and fruits high in beta carotene (generally those colored red and orange) may lessen the risk of having a baby with eczema (itchy, dry, red patched skin), Dr. Yoshihiro Miyake at Fukuoka University and colleagues found.
Foods high in vitamin E, found in some green vegetables, similarly may lessen the risk of having a wheezy infant, they report in the journal Allergy.
Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food February 12, 2010
Columbia joins the ranks of chicken-friendly cities. February 2, 2010
Until yesterday, the ruling in Columbia was that you could have 1 chicken per 0.5 acre of land. This meant that on our urban lot, we could have 0.36 of a chicken. I’m not sure the neighbours would go for that, what with the carnage and all.
Yesterday City Council passed a new chicken ordinance, so now you can have 6 chickens per tract. This is a pretty big deal around town, because Columbia is a pretty progressive place and a lot of people are looking for ways to grow their own food, buy locally, etc., and chickens are a part of that. But, Columbia also has its fair share of people who are not supportive of such efforts (or bicycles, for that matter), so it became quite a contentious matter. The good news, though, is that now we can have chickens in the city. Yay!
So will we be getting chickens? The answer to that would be a big fat NO. @charlietriplett has ix-nayed this idea from the very beginning, whether the chickens were legal or not. Man.
It’s probably for the best, though. Animals require work and your being there to take care of them, which is why we don’t believe in owning pets. Except the worms. The worms are very low maintenance pets.
And hopefully next year we’ll get bees. I am buzzing with excitement.
More reasons to raise bees in the city January 22, 2010
Plant loss ‘leads to fewer bees’