Down to Earth Weekly Earthlinks for May 30
By Sara Davis on May 30, 2008
Ethical Eating, part 2: Looking for Answers.
from What Would Jesus Eat?: Our tendency to look for magic bullets and
instant answers only substitutes one problem for another. Global
vegetarianism won't save the world, neither will going totally local.
Study: Healthy 'Depots' Discovered in Beef Brisket: from Beef Myths.
the fat in beef brisket from corn-fed steers contains nearly 50 percent
oleic acid, and oleic acid increases the longer cattle are fed a
corn-based diet, according to research by Steve Smith at Texas A&M
Obesity and Climate Change? from economic sense. Something that sounds like it could have come out of the Onion;
Environmentalists claim the obese are major contributors to global
warming. So how does how an obese individual’s carbon footprint from
sitting on the couch all day compare with that of "some skinny Barbie
girl" driving to a smoothie bar after work, having an organic smoothie,
then driving to a climate controlled gym to spend 2 hours utilizing
their electric powered equipment before stopping by the local organic
market? [Sara's n.b. I am NOT implying that obese people all sit on the
couch all day, nor that I agree with the conclusion] A pretty good
summary and discussion can be found on Blogher.com
Is it possible to Eat Healthy on a Budget?
Another Blogher discussion about how the least healthy foods are often
the least expensive. Lots of good links here and some encouraging words.
How to teach Sustainability:
from Slowfood Blog. The author of a program to teach sustainability in
schools states that “Education for Sustainability” is much different
from “greening.” Education for sustainability looks to integrate
children with the natural world not disintegrate their relationship
Are Organic Tomatoes Better?
a story from NPR.org. A UC Davis study has found that organically grown
tomatoes are richer in certain kinds of flavonoids than conventionally
grown tomatoes. The lead scientist points out many confounding factors.
The answer may be more linked to nitrogen availability (lower in
organic fertilizers) than the organic process itself. An unusually
balanced set of conclusions that seek not to convert the world to nor
discount the value of organic growing methods.
The Onion on GM Tomatoes: As long as we've already mention The Onion and organic tomatoes, I thought we ought to inclue this link (found through Gristmill).
Apparently Geneticists at the California Institute of Technology have
developed a tomato with a 31 percent larger price tag than a typical
specimen of the vine-ripened fruit through gene-splicing.