environmental impact of food products 20 results

Wake Up, Consumers. Is Nanotech the New GMO?

No question, consciousness around genetic modification of our food supply has skyrocketed in the last few years.  It wasn't that long ago when advocate and teacher Marion Nestle virtually gave up trying to wake up consumers and now, in 2014, there has been a groundswell of consumer and activist interest in ensuring that we at least know about (if not stop) genetic manipulation of our food through unnatural means (food where “genetic material has been altered in a way that does not occur ...

Classic Tuna Salad – Minus the Fish (Vegan)

What could be more retro and comforting than a tuna salad sandwich?  Chunky tuna, tangy mayo, chopped celery on toasted bread with a pickle and chips on the side?  Yum.Yet, not only is tuna one of those mercury-heavy fish (not so good for anyone, especially kids), the unrelenting quest for sandwiches has meant countless dolphins, turtles, sharks, seabirds and more snared in the tuna trawls along with massive amount of bycatch (that’s the industry word for marine life caught as a ...

Watch: Bill Maher (and Guests) on GMO Labels

It's taken years but we may be finally waking up to the cover-up on genetically modified (GMO) food labeling.  Bill Maher makes us laugh in a sorry-to-say-its-true kind of way.Now is the time to wake up, speak up and make sure everyone knows we are being force fed a pack of lies.  Unless you eat only items with the "organic" label, it's reasonable to guess that your food has GMOs.We won't tell you what to do.  Feel free to eat... as long as you remember that you're a good little ...

Radioactive Tuna on Rye? They Say It’s Safe…

Not that the contamination of the seas is any real news to people (think Garbage Island, aka Pacific Trash Vortex), but we have reached a new "milestone" of sorts with today's news that radioactive tuna is now swimming in California waters.  Kind of puts a damper on sushi, not to mention the classic tuna on rye."There's no real cause for concern," say the authorities.  Um, thanks but no thanks.  Not that the scientists are insincere and even they are noting that the second genera...

Any News in GMO Policy? Uh, Yeah!

Is there anything new under the sun to say about genetically modified food?  Yesterday, one of our heroes, Marion Nestle, posted about GMO and we sensed an air resignation.  She said she rarely writes about this topic anymore (after 20 years) because there is so little new to say.Hmmmm.  Actually there is something new to say, which is that the GMO products steamroller seems to be picking up speed. Despite greater public awareness, and the health, environmental and other...

The Unhappy Face of Today’s Feast and What to Do

Today's New York Times had a piece by its City Critic about the "humane" slaughtering that certain privileged turkeys get.   Apparently, fancy Hudson Valley birds (as opposed to the gazillion others that are killed without the "special treatment") get a one-two blessing of a higher authority and a swift chop-n'slice.  The idea is it's a better way to go.  Or so we tell ourselves.  Ariel Kaminer describes her experience as "gross" and  said it made her feel "crummy."   Yet, it ...

Wake Up to Fresh: The Real Taste of Fast Food

We really liked the article in today's Washington Post that compared commercial fast food to the homemade version. It pretty much proved what we've been saying -- that freshly prepared food is way tastier (yes, even to the junk food loving kids), usually much healthier and certainly less expensive. To us, it's clear that there is a growing understanding that Now that's a great wake-up story. Of course, to get all the way there, we definitely would have wanted Sally to go further. ...

This Food’s Crap… Now Gimme More!

The goal of food companies is to sell you more. It has been called the "Eat More" message, and it has permeated our society and affected all who adopt and pursue it. Side effects of this strategy include obesity (anyone see those Belly Fat ads? Mmm mm good), chronic health problems, immune disorders, and vulnerabilities in places we never knew we had. The relentless Eat More message has become More Mess for all of us.How has this happened? Let's just say, these interesting economic times we ...

Green Food: More Than Popeye Imagined

We all know that greens are good for us. Popeye had spinach, George Bush the Elder had broccoli (ok, it was his nemesis, but that's another story). Hopefully, most of us who have opened our eyes to the role of food in our lives now eat and enjoy lots of greens in lots of delicious ways (kale and potato soup, spinach with garlic, tatsoi salad, etc).Now, there’s a new type of green – the eco-friendly type – that is all the rage now that the world seems to be unraveling at the seams: ...

Are You Thirsty? Honest Tea? Honestly!

In an issue of Organic Processing, an organic industry trade mag published this fall (yes, odd as it seems, it is an industry), Seth Goldman, the President of Honest Tea (over $27 million in U.S. sales last year) defended his decision to partner with Coca-Cola. He explains that he can still do good, do even more... that his company can still walk the walk on integrity and values. Maybe.Putting aside any issues with the Coca-Cola Company (for another day, that is, because we sure got 'em), ...