October 2006 Archives
A survey accross the U.S. shows that professional chefs don't care about the number of calories in the food they serve. Their main concern is pleasing diners by providing large portion meals that taste and look good. It's up to consumers to monitor how much and what they eat. Both large portions and high fat content in meals lead to weight gain. The most effective way of controlling how much and what you eat is by cooking your own meals.
Mike Adams has compiled a set of informative and revealing videos available on the internet for hungry minds who are interested in ethical, healthy and earth-friendly consumer practices. The first video, featuring Tom Hanks, is a documentary about the conspiracy of auto and law makers in the interest of profits. The second video, called "Meet Your Meat" and narrated by Alec Baldwin, shows grahic information in gruesome detail about the horrific conditions of animals raised for food. The third movie, called "Black Gold," depicts how coffee farmers are being exploited and squeezed into poverty by big corporations. The fourth video is an animated short film, called "Be Careful What You Eat," starring the Animaniacs who cheerfully sing and dance as they shop. And the fifth is called "Vending Machine," (still being edited) and it will expose how junk food and soft drinks are behind the downfall of health accross the spectrum of the population. It also shows how these companies target children and adolescents, who may be outlived by their parents for the first time in history as result of junk food consumption.
The Organic Trade Association seeks congress to provide equality of benefits and support to organic farmers by incorporating provisions in the 2007 Farm Bill. The objective of Farm Bills is to have laws to support programs that promote U.S. agriculture to produce safe and affordable food. Farm Bills determine the overall direction of agriculture in the U.S., are regulated by the USDA and renewed only every five or six years. OTA would like organic agriculture to receive it's fair share of government support for research, conservation and risk management that the U.S. Department of Agriculture currently provides to conventional agriculture. OTA states that the organic market is the fastest growing sector in the food industry and that in order to meet increasing consumer demand, it is necessary that organic farmers receive government support to overcome production hurdles. One of OTA's recommendations is for congress to provide funds to the USDA to "foster transition to organic agriculture and trade by providing technical assistance to aid in the conversion of farmland from conventional to organic."
Experiencing stress and anxiety makes people prone to developing Alzheimers's Disease according a study in mice conducted by David Holtzman at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. Holtzman states that stress may cause a sharp increase in brain proteins called amyloid associated with the illness. Other studies have shown correlation between increased levels of amyloid beta peptide and risk of dementia in people. Stress is the underlying cause of many illnesses. It's crucial to find ways to manage stress and learn to stay relaxed.
A new survey conducted by Mintel, a market research group in England, shows that one third of British consumers seek to buy more ethically produced food including organic, free range and Fairtrade. The survey found that Bristish shoppers are increasingly demanding and willing to pay higher prices for foods they consider higher quality and healthier.