Out with ORAC

Just last week someone asked EALM about ORAC. So here is the update:Out with ORACBy: Laura Cipullo and the Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services Team...more

The Kitchen Think: Meatpackers Say You Don't Need To Know Where Your Meat Comes From

I’ve always believed that the meat I bought in the supermarket originated in the United States.Wrong!...more

Is Your School Banning Cheetos? How the New Smart Snacks in School Guidelines May Affect the Classroom Party

How schools apply these new standards to non-cafeteria food such as classroom parties, fundraisers, or after school events is up to each school. Some states are working to ban certain snacks entirely from the school such as Flaming Hot Cheetos. Others are leaving it in the hands of the principal to decide whether they want to allow parents to supply cupcakes for the Halloween party, or whether they need to keep in-school celebrations non-food related. ...more
My sons' schools have put restrictions on sugary drinks and for parties to avoid cakes, donuts, ...more

Redefining Breakfast...

Our house has always been a “cereal and fruit” breakfast place.  Most of that stems from the fact that I go to work before 6:00am every morning so my girls have learned to fend for themselves.  Cereal and fruit require little cooking and are fast and easy to fix…...more

USDA Declares Beef Supply Safe, Despite BSE Diagnosis

The United States Department of Agriculture confirmed yesterday that the nation's fourth case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), which is also known as Mad Cow Disease, was detected in a central California dairy cow....more
Don't get me started on what the USDA deems to be safe...more

Local Food Trends: Bucking Stereotypes

Last summer, during a farm tour, one of our guests, a pre-teen boy, started talking about how great our breakfast must be. He waxed poetic about the bacon, eggs, sausage, and toast we must eat at the crack of dawn every morning....more
@Polish Mama on the Prairie Have you checked out localharvest.org? It's a really good site that ...more

USDA Announces Changes to School Lunches

The USDA have set new standards that will be tweaked at the local level. In other words, there will be a base standard that will ensure better nutrition to all kids, and then local school boards can make decisions that reflect the financial realities of their school district: do they want to use organic produce, buy locally, or grow their own food. Schools will increase the fruits and vegetables on the lunch tray every day, including a lot more leafy greens. Only low-fat or fat-free milk will be offered. School chefs will utilize more whole grains. They're all good steps in the right direction, and all of these changes are being put in place so children can be well-fed and more able to learn. ...more
I think it's great they are changing guidelines! When I was a kid, we got what was called "hot ...more

Circus Animals: Performers or Prisoners?

Late last month, the Vienna-based owner of the Ringling Bros. circus agreed to pay a $270,000 fine to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to settle allegations that it violated federal animal-welfare laws in its handling of elephants, tigers, zebras and other exotic animals....more
I haven't been to a circus since I was a very small child and I would never go to one again. ...more

GOP Says Feed Kids Cheap, Not Healthy at School

In the midst of looming budget battles and unprecedented national debt, no measure is off-limits in Conservatives’ quest for cost-cutting. The GOP-controlled House Appropriations Committee has urged the USDA to show restraint in the implementation of new guidelines for the National School Lunch Program....more
Good article. If schools were smart they would utilize locally grown food and school garden ...more

Going 100 Percent Organic Not Feasible?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization specializing in research and advocacy related to public health and the environment, has released its 2011 updated “Dirty Dozen” list of the 12 fruits and vegetables containing the most pesticides. Topping this year’s list? Apples....more