Ah, Friday night. I just finished having some delicious wild Alaskan salmon at a wonderful restaurant on Alki Beach in West Seattle. Perfect way to end my week.
Sunset on Alki Beach
Here are some of the stories I’ve been reading this week:
- A family of four decided to try 100 days of “real food”, and now they are trying it again. Only this time, they are going to attempt to do it on a tighter budget. Very cool story and blog about their journey!
- May 14th is World Fair Trade Day. Participate by buying fair trade food! Theo Chocolate is one of my favorites and made right here in Seattle! I’ve also switched to using Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which also uses fair trade and organic ingredients.
- Our nation is starting to take notice of the terrible food that is being served to our children at school. Looks like many school lunches are similar to those that prisoners are getting. In addition to the choice of greasy, processed “foods”, kids are eating about 1400 calories for lunch.
I would love to hear what you’ve been reading this week!
Short and sweet this week! I’m going to be digging more into this Girl Scout cookie issue, that’s for sure…
What stories have you been reading this week?
I’ve been trying to catch up on all the interesting food news this week—there’s certainly been a lot this week on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Here are some interesting stories for your Friday’s Food News:
- If you haven’t already heard, the Corn Refiners Association is being sued by a group of sugar farmers and refiners over the potential name change from high fructose corn syrup to corn sugar.
- Bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical found in plastics, has been linked to neurological defects, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. A review of the studies done on BPA that showed the chemical was safe has now discovered that those studies were actually funded by the chemical and plastics industries, or conducted by those who benefited from these companies.
- Think you know everything there is to know about oats? Think again.
What food/nutrition stories have you been reading this week?
If you want to learn more about nutrition, you have to not only start thinking about what you’re eating, but also where you food comes from, how much you are paying for it vs. how much it’s actually worth (not just in terms of the money you spend, but the health costs as well), and what you can do to make it easier to get more nutritious, whole foods for yourself, your family, and your community.
Here is a short video from Nourish: Food + Community, by food author and journalist, Michael Pollan. This is a great little introduction how our country subsidizes cheap food that makes us fat and at the same time condemns the obesity epidemic, more of which you’ll hear from me in later posts.
Also one of my favorites is this short video on the amount money we spend on quality food vs. how much we now spend on our health care, compared to the rest of the world and how much we used to spend:
I spend about 14-15% of my monthly income on groceries, and most of that is food just for myself. This is likely how much a family of 4 now spends on food for their entire family.
See if you can calculate how much you spend on groceries every month. Could you spend more on more nutritious and sustainable foods, like organic fruits and vegetables instead of prepackaged snacks? What is food worth to you?