April 2007 Archives
The number of vegetarian restaurants in the United States has doubled since the year 2000, and more than a dozen very upscale, gourmet vegan restaurants have opened (including my favorite, San Francisco's Millennium). The vegetarian and vegan restaurant revolution is being embraced even by non-vegetarian "foodies" and chefs!
NewScientist reports that "record levels of synthetic fragrances from everyday cleaning, deodorising and beauty products have been found in the breast milk of American women." The report is based on study conducted by Kurunthachalam Kannan of New York state's Department of Health. He found that levels of artificial chemicals called polycyclic musks, which may cause developmental and reproductive problems, are five times higher in American women today than levels in European women studied almost ten years ago. This high concentration is almost certainly the result of the widespread use of these chemicals in everyday household products.
Organic baby food is still a small part of the overall baby food market, but the category is growing fast, thanks for skyrocketing demand by parents. Sales of organic baby food grew 16.4 percent in 2005, and 21.6 percent in 2006.
How to say "No!" to "Greenwashing; safe cookware; the best tahini; what's wrong with salt; and the Vegetarian Organic Recipe of the Week -- all in the current issue of Vegetarian Organic Blog!
At their meeting in Washinton D.C., the National Organic Standards Board voted 12-0 (one abstention) to exclude meat, milk and food products derived from cloned animals or their offsprings from the organic industry. Will Fantle of the Cornucopia Institute, an industry watchdog group said, "This is a victory for farmers, consumers and retailers who want to protect organic food and agriculture from a highly controversial and experimental technology". To submit comments to the FDA, the deadline has been extended until May 3rd.
What To Do?
1. Say no to cloned products. Never buy meat or dairy product from any company that has not publicly taken a stand against cloned animals.
2. Stop the FDA. Find a sample letter to the FDA here. And make sure you write a letter by May 3rd demanding that cloned products be labeled as such. Also: Demand that the president and the congress force the FDA to protect the public at the very least through labeling. Go here to contact your elected representatives.
Bristol University researchers have found that high blood pressure, or hypertension, is triggered by problems in the brain, not the heart as previously believed. For researchers, their finding suggests new areas for drug research that would enable people to survive toxic diets longer. For you and me, nothing has changed: Avoid hypertension by eating well and exercising regularly.
A study in the UK has found that children with higher IQs are more likely to grow up to be vegetarians. They do not know if the link exists because smart people choose vegetarianism, or if other factors (such as childhood affluence and education) increases the chances of both intelligence and inclination to go veggie. Either way, vegetarianism is a smart choice!
Two new studies reveal a link between health problems and very low levels of exposure to toxic chemicals. One study found a link between exposure to Bisphenol-A, which is found in some plastic drinking bottles and food cans, can promote prostate cancer. Another study revealed tiny amounts of pesticides (found, of course, in non-organic foods) can trigger allergies, including asthma. Take action: Avoid drinking out of polycarbonate plastic "sports" bottles and avoid canned foods (fresh is better tasting, and better for you anyway). And choose organic whenever you can!