month : 03/2009 5 results

Hysterical Eating — Just Enjoy It!

Lately, it seems as if the food hysteria has been increasing.  No, we're not talking about eating when stressed (at least not today).  Rather, it's the constant reports warning that what we are eating is: contaminated, poisoned, harmful, in short supply, destroying the environment, oppressing the unfortunate or just plain gross.We know that there is quite a bit of truth here. The tricky part is:  (a) figuring out just what’s true; and (b) figuring out what to do about it.  We ...

Grow Your Own: Self Sufficiency for Everyone

... We love homegrown. Why? Because we know where it comes from. As we often repeat, CONSIDER THE SOURCE.Well, today it was announced that an organic food garden will be planted on the White House grounds, with the food to be eaten by the Obamas and served at official events. Not only annuals (tomatoes, lettuce, etc.) but also blueberry & raspberry bushes and rhubarb - plants that keep on giving). Very cool.We think everyone should grow their own, no matter how small a part of ...

Food Bashing is Bogus

Apparently, the tough economy is leading food companies to take off the gloves (were they ever really on?) and go on the attack against their fellow food competitors, so says the Wall Street Journal. Since the "Eat More" strategy can only go just so far when consumers' wallets are empty, the companies have gone on the attack.Burger King tastes better than McDonalds. Campbell's soup has more MSG than Progresso's. Domino's subs kick the pants off of Subway's. You know, that kind of thing. At ...

The Organic Connection (For What it’s Worth)

An article in today's New York Times raises a question lots of folks have especially as they are trying to spread their diminishing food budget among growing expenses -- is organic better? The points raised address issues such as inspections and what the USDA Organic seal does and doesn't mean and how private organic certifications entities intersect with issues like food safety and their own continued profits.As we've been explaining for years, just because a food says it's organic doesn't ...

Focus in a Blurry Bowl of Soup

The way things are going these days, rocking our economic foundation, causing us to take a hard look at our ideas about ethical behavior and wealth and our assumptions about greed and fraud, what will happen next is about as clear as a bowl of pea soup. A BIG bowl.How does one cope, not just about things food (is my food safe? is it harmful? can I afford it?) but with the whole enchilada (will I have a job? a place to live? what if I get sick? what about my kids?)? We live in a time when ...