The Politics of Weight

In my meanderings around the Health at Every Size movement, I've learned quite a bit about the intersection of fat and health. The more I've studied, the more clear it's become to me that we're being sold a bill of goods about weight. I've also realized that there's a nifty bit of sociopolitical sleight-of-hand going on.Here's why....more
TheQuirkyDiva Right there with ya! Glad that this area of health is finally starting to get the ...more

Who Owns Organic?

Have you ever wondered where popular Organic food items come from? Some of these were surprising to me! It's interesting to see how connected the food industry is even when we adopt the us (organic) vs them (conventional) mentality. How do you feel about this? Sources:...more

Is Eating Organic Really Better for Me?

I get asked this question a lot: Is organic food really better for me? Is it worth it?My immediate answer is Yes! My rationale is this: the less the toxins you're exposed to, the better off you are. Why eat foods laden with pesticides? There are better options out there....more

Nine Reasons Why My Village (and yours) Should Allow Chickens

My village won't let me have chickens.  It irritates me to no end.See that photo, above?  That's my town.  It is a dozen or so little residential roads and 2 main streets with a grand total of 2 stoplights, both of which are turned off at 11 pm.  This sprawling metropolis takes about 20 minutes to cross, from end to end, on foot....more

How Killing My Dinner Changed My Life

There are some stories you come across in life that lead you on paths not before seen. For my show, Original Fare, I adventure to uncover the origins of our food one destination at a time. My first episode of Season 1 was spent elbow deep in mud, on the chilly banks of Bodega Bay, as I tried to keep up with the master in the field Hank Shaw. I quickly realized that if I was going to do this show right, I'd have to get my hands dirty. ...more

5 Reasons to Eat with the Seasons

 Let’s talk about root vegetables because we always associate them with fall and winter. Parsnips and carrots are great additions to soups and stews, aren’t they?They make us feel warm and grounded, and that’s great for this time of year.  But who wants to feel warmer in, say, July?...more

Should the Media Advocate for Female Chefs?

Chefs Gabrielle Hamilton, Sue Torres, Anita Lo, Amanda Freitag and Elizabeth Falkner"I think t...more

Why Does Food Cost So Much

 One in seven people are hungry. 13.1 percent of the 7 billion people in the world or an estimated 925 million people need more food. Children seem to suffer most from this problem, but you may be shocked to learn the high cost of food has more to do with speculators in the commodities markets than with any shortage in actual food supply....more

Girl Scouts Offer 'Locavore' Badges

Although I spent a decade as a Camp Fire Girl (we earned beads, not badges), I must applaud Girl Scouts of America for offering their 2.3 million troops the opportunity to earn a 'locavore' badge, stressing the importance of local food. The Girls Scouts, celebrating their 100-year-old birthday next year, launched the new badge on October 1. (They also added new badges for website design, financial literacy and entertainment technology.)...more
My daughter taught the daisy how to compost and how to build an organic garden.more