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September 28, 2009 News

I buy fresh, young coconuts all the time, the ones with white, thick soft husks that come wrapped in clear plastic and are sold at many health food stores. Their outermost layer or skin has been removed and been shaped to have flat bottoms and pointy tops ready to cut open and drink.

Fresh coconuts are delicious and good for you. They're an excellent source of potassium and other minerals, which makes coconut water or juice a superior electrolyte source to other sports drinks. I love to drink the coconut water and also eat the coconut meat.

I had a holistic health counseling client asked me once if pink looking coconut meat and water were okay to eat, but I had never experienced it myself. Yesterday, however, when my husband cut one open, both the coconut meat and the water looked pink, almost purplish. I smelled them both and they smelled normal. I tasted them both and they tasted not as sweet or buttery as usual, but okay (not spoiled). They were clearly safe to ingest, so I drank the water. The meat was not much like meat, so there was not much to eat. It just looked like a translucent, slimy gel like substance.

In doing a bit more research, I confirmed that very young coconuts can look pink, but are okay to eat despite the pinkness. On the other hand, coconuts should not be eaten if they smell bad and look spoiled. When gone bad, they can look gray in color and can really smell bad. But when they’re good, not too young or too mature, they are refreshing and super tasty. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to enjoy the (not pink) coconut in this picture.

September 24, 2009 News

Although I avoid eating dairy products, I've always liked the dairy co-op, Organic Valley, because of their great organic production practices, compare to, say, cheaters like Horizon, who were pretending to be organic and got caught in the act. Organic Valley just launched the first of its kind online calculator called Organic Counts!. It will enable each of us to measure the personal impact of our food choices. What a concept! This online calculator will reveal detailed data to consumers about "the toxic burden prevented by their choices of organic vs. non-organic and "natural" foods." All you have to do is go to their web site and select the Organic Valley products you buy to see the amount of toxic waste you're saving us all, and the planet, from. "The Organic Valley calculator invites visitors to put their favorite Organic Valley dairy products into a simulated shopping basket to weigh the positive impact of their organic food choices. As each food product is placed in the basket, the calculator automatically adds up and displays the amounts of pesticides and synthetic nitrogen fertilizers avoided by that product, as opposed to a comparable conventional product. The numbers are derived from a calculation of USDA conventional agriculture data compared with twenty years of parallel data from Organic Valley member-farms." That's cool!
September 24, 2009 Action

I've always slammed the USDA. But with their new initiative, Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food," they're giving me hope. The USDA's new program is designed to "create and strengthen the link betwenn local production and local consumption." They're actually advocating local farmers and local food! But wait, there's more! The Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Kathleen Merrigan, will host a Facebook chat to discuss local food systems on Thursday, October 1st from 3:45 PM to 4:15 PM ET. I'm so filled with glee I'm beside myself! Don't miss the opportunity to take part of history in the making and, at the same time, support your local farmers. Have you any idea how hard local farmers work to give us farm fresh food? We need their food, and they need our support!
September 15, 2009 News

The new farmer's market near the White House is set to launch this Thursday, September 17th. So far it's been reported that 18 local farmers will participate. They'll sell their locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as locally produced, baked goods and pasture-raised meats, diary and eggs. But don't get your hopes up about buying produce from the White House organic garden. Most of Farmer Michelle's crop will be donated to local food banks. I look forward to checking it out when I go to the D.C. area next month before it closes on October 29th.