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Olympians Raise Own Food Fearing Conventional Meat

Olympians Raise Own Food Fearing Conventional Meat

by Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist on February 25, 2012

in Fitness,Green living

Marathoners for China’s Olympic team set to compete this summer in London have gone to drastic measures to avoid banned steroids which could result in disqualification from the 2012 Summer Games.

They are raising their own chickens for food.

 

In addition to home raised poultry, they are eating yak meat from local herdsman in order to avoid eating restaurant and store bought meats which can contain the residue of banned chemicals such as clenbuterol, an anabolic steroid.

Clenbuterol is indeed a problem in the conventional meat industry where it is illegally used in animal feed to increase the leanness and protein content of meat.  People who consume meat from animals fed this steroid can experience headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations and gastic irritation.  Some people need to be hospitalized after exposure.

Clenbuterol has caused grief for top athletes before.  Alberto Contador blamed a steak dinner for his positive test during the 2010 Tour de France.   This case is currently under appeal.

Olympic gold medalist weightlifter Tong Wen cited her love affair with pork chops as the reason when she tested positive for the same agent and was banned from the sport for two years.  Clenbuterol is frequently added to steroid laced pig feed in China.

An official for the Chinese marathon team said:

“Since we don’t have a canteen to provide safe food, we have to cook meals ourselves because it is risky to eat at a street restaurant.” (Read more)

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Global Food Crisis Expands

Global Food Crisis Expands | Project Censored.

Global Food Crisis Expands

A new worldwide spike in agricultural commodity and food prices is generating both predictable and extraordinary fallouts.  The search for causes once again leads to a conjuncture of flawed policies in trade, environment, finance and agriculture that is likely to produce more dangerous volatility in years to come.  Over the past year, food prices around the world shot sharply upward, surpassing the previous price surge in 2007-2008 to set a new record, as measured by UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization.

In February, the UN’s food price index rose for the eighth consecutive month, to the highest level since at least 1990.  As a result, since 2010 began, roughly another 44 million people have quietly crossed the threshold into malnutrition, joining 925 million already suffering from lack of food.  If prices continue to rise, this food crisis will push the ranks of the hungry toward a billion people, with another two billion suffering from “hidden malnutrition” of inadequate diets, nearly all in the developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America.  That deprivation will shorten lives and stunt young minds, hitting the most vulnerable populations, such as the urban poor of food importing countries in cities like Cairo, Tunis and Dhaka.

“Diet Hard: With A Vengeance,” David Moberg, In These Times, 3/24/11: http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/7112/diet_hard_with_a_vengeance

Student Researcher: Aluna Soupholphakdy, Sonoma State University

Faculty Evaluator: Professor Peter Phillips, Sonoma State University

Shortchanging Human Health and the Environment Won’t Trim Swollen Deficit | Environmental Working Group

Shortchanging Human Health and the Environment Won’t Trim Swollen Deficit | Environmental Working Group.

Shortchanging Human Health and the Environment Won’t Trim Swollen Deficit

Ideologically Driven EPA Attacks Have No Place in Super Committee Deliberations

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2011

Washington – The Congressional Super Committee formed to break the political gridlock over the federal deficit will fail in its goal of balancing the budget if it heeds calls to slash programs that protect Americans’ health and the environment, EWG President Ken Cook warned today. In a letter to the panel, Cook said the nation will pay a far greater price in future health costs and crumbling infrastructure if it accepts misguided thinking focused on short-term cuts to the cost of these environmental safeguards.

In his letter, Cook said one of the primary functions of a government is to ensure that its people enjoy a clean and healthy environment, and responding to the current frenzy of ideology- and profit-motivated demands to severely limit the funding and powers of the Environmental Protection Agency would cripple the agency’s ability fill that role. Instead, Cook called on the Super Committee to target a number of misguided and outdated programs and subsidies that result in environmental damage and increased health risks.

“It is clear that the EPA’s actions save lives and provide economic benefits. It’s also clear that lavish government support for polluting industries like oil and corn ethanol and lax regulations take a toll on human health and the environment. It’s our hope that the choices the Super Committee will see clearly which course to choose for the sake of our people and our future,” said Cook.

Cook also said that limiting children’s access to healthy food through proposed cuts to the SNAP program, which helps the ever-increasing number of families who are struggling to put nutritious food on the table in the face of a continuing recession, would further drive up healthcare costs swollen by the nation’s obesity epidemic. (Read more)

Nourishing the Planet | Eating Outside the Box

Eating Outside the Box | Nourishing the Planet.

Jul 15

Eating Outside the Box

Nourishing the Planet Agriculture, Food, organic

By Molly Theobald

This is the final part in a two part blog series about the Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA) “greening initiatives,” which are designed to teach young chefs about sustainable food production and consumption.

The emphasis on sustainable food production and consumption at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) was very appealing to Casey Angelova when she applied to become a student at the New York campus in Hyde Park two years ago.  Designed to both reduce the impact of the school’s four campuses on the environment and also teach students about the benefits of sustainable food production, the CIA’s greening initiatives include on-campus recycling and composting, student-run gardens, and classes that emphasize local and seasonal ingredients.

It was through her culinary program that Casey Angelova came to fully appreciate the benefits of local and seasonal foods. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

Already an experienced cook who had taught herself to use ingredients that she was growing in her own backyard, Angelova came to the Institute as with a lot more experience in sustainable cooking and eating than many of her peers. Most of the food Angelova eats comes from her own garden. She composts her food scraps and has a tendency to “bore [her] friends with long discussions about soil composition and how to make marshmallows from scratch.”

But she wasn’t always so comfortable getting her hands dirty . Growing up in her parents’ house in Brooklyn, “everything in the pantry could survive a nuclear disaster,” says Angelova.  And for a long time, Angelova was perfectly happy eating that way. “All my food was all out of a box and processed, but it was all I knew and all I wanted to eat.”

“Basically, I was perfectly happy eating out of a box until I met my now husband who encouraged me to try new things,” says Angelova.   “I would go grocery shopping and be surprised when I couldn’t find broccoli in June,” said Angelova. “I was already on my way to being a bit of a foodie when I left the United States, but when I got to Bulgaria I was really smacked in the face with seasonality.”

But instead of being defeated by what she initially saw as a lack of ingredients, Angelova was inspired by her new relationship with local and seasonal foods.  “One thing I really missed was brown sugar so I was buying it in the states and sending it to myself in Bulgaria, but that didn’t make any sense so I started just making it from scratch. Then I started a garden and the whole thing escalated from there.”

Now, as a student at CIA, Angelova is involved with the Slow Food USA chapter on campus and is actively helping her peers to appreciate locally produced foods and more sustainable food production methods. She also has her own blog, Eating, Gardening and Living in Hyde Park, and plans, after graduation, to open a completely sustainable restaurant and hotel with a farm and vineyard in Bulgaria. “I want people to come be on the farm and get involved and then eat food made from the ingredients that they helped to cultivate,” she says.

Unfortunately, in Bulgaria, it’s a sign of wealth to eat processed and imported foods. “To the nouveau riche, basically, the whole agriculture thing equals poverty,” says Angelova.  Angelova hopes that her business will help make locally sourced and produced food appealing to consumers in Bulgaria.

“Educating people and getting them interested in things like recycling and compost and local food sounds simple but it’s a slow process,” says Angelova. “For the most part people already know this stuff, but they need to really understand why they should change their bad habits.”

The CIA’s program is helping to do this, says Angelova, by getting the students so involved in every aspect of food preparation, from cultivation to processing to disposing and recycling. “When you develop a relationship with the entire process,” says Angelova, “it’s really hard to go back to eating out of a box.”

Click here to read the first part of this series. 

Molly Theobald is a research fellow with the Nourishing the Planet project.

Article Link: http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/eating-outside-the-box-organic-food-agriculture-cia-culinary-institute-of-america-hunger-recycling-eating/

Consolidation of seed companies leading to corporate domination of world food supply

Consolidation of seed companies leading to corporate domination of world food supply.

Consolidation of seed companies leading to corporate domination of world food supply

by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Throughout the history of agriculture across the globe, farming has always been a diversified sector of the economy. Small, self-sustaining, family farms were the order of the day in most cultures. Even as small farms grew larger and more specialized over time, many of them still saved seeds or purchased them from other farmers, which kept control of farming in the hands of the people.

But today everything has changed, as large chemical and agribusiness firms have acquired or merged with seed companies and other agricultural input companies. They have successfully gained a foothold on genetically-modified (GM) crops with transgenic traits.

These primary factors and several others have facilitated a crescendo towards the global domination of agriculture by corporations, and thus the world’s food supply.

The dismal state in which we find ourselves today did not come overnight, of course, but it did pick up rapid speed after the introduction of GM crops in the mid-1990s. Since that time, multinational corporations like Monsanto, DuPont, and Syngenta have seized a significant amount of control over the global seed industry, which has greatly limited agricultural diversity and freedom.

The ability to patent both seeds and seed traits has also added injury to insult, as the ability to obtain natural or heirloom seeds is becoming increasingly difficult, and many farmers feel they have no choice but to go with the flow.

Professor Philip H. Howard from the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies at Michigan State University published a study in 2009 entitled Visualizing Consolidation in the Global Seed Industry: 1996 – 2008 that analyzes the trend in agriculture towards corporate dominance.

The report, which was featured in a special issue of the journal Renewable Agriculture, provides both an extensive data analysis of agriculture’s dramatic transformation over the past several decades, as well as a highly-informative visual analysis of this truly shocking hostile takeover situation.

The ‘Big Six” pharmaceutical and chemical companies have acquired, created joint ventures with hundreds of seed companies over the past 15 years

In order to help assist his readers in understanding the state of the seed industry, Prof. Howard developed a very informative graphic that displays the reality of who really controls the seed industry. (READ FULL ARTICLE)

Charges NOT Dropped For Growing Garden | Health Freedom Alliance

Charges NOT Dropped For Growing Garden | Health Freedom Alliance. Future of Food, Organic

Charges NOT Dropped For Growing Garden

Submitted by Lois Rain on July 15, 2011 – 4:18 pm

Julie BassWhile it only appears that the City of Oak Park, MI dropped charges toward Julie Bass for planting a vegetable garden in her front yard, she wants to clarify that charges have not been dropped. She may not be spending 93 days in the slammer for growing veggies, but she faces similar punishment – for her dogs! But the garden fiasco is not over, more on that below.

Did the canines have run-ins with the police and attack pedestrians? No, they were simply unlicensed at the time she was ticketed for the garden. So the Bass family immediately got licenses after being cited for them, showed proof to the prosecutor and then it seemed that the issue was cleared. That is, until the case was recently reinstated. Even though her pets are current and licensed, she faces two misdemeanors and possibly over 93 days in jail. Political posturing at its finest.

Be sure to watch the news clip. Their attorney is going to subpoena all other city citations regarding these ordinances to find out just how selectively enforced they really are.

Listen to Oak Park Prosecutor Eugene Lumberg digress and ask the news anchor if she would like to have her neighbors plant corn stalks next door (or have a chicken coop!). Kudos to the interviewer for setting him straight and directing the conversation back to the point.

Another reason the garden charges are not necessarily dropped is because they were strangely “[not dropped but] dismissed by some judge we have never heard of or seen. we hope this person is a real judge, and had the real authority to dismiss our case, but we are going to double-check on that today.” Also, a “dismissal without prejudice means that the prosecutor can come back at any time and reinstate the garden charge” as witnessed with the reinstatement of the dog case. Julie says, “there has been no final disposition of the case, so we can’t take a deep breath and relax.” She continues, “the prosecutor wants more time to review the ordinance. not that he has given up on the garden charge. to the contrary, he wants more time to look things over.”

 

So, it is still mysteriously unclear whether the vegetable garden charges have actually gone into complete remission.   Julie shares more on her blog (READ FULL ARTICLE)

Five little-known vegetables that could help end hunger – CSMonitor.com

Five little-known vegetables that could help end hunger – CSMonitor.com.

 

The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com

Change Agent

Five little-known vegetables that could help end hunger

Native vegetables such as guar, Dogon shallot, and celosia could play an important role in feeding Africa.

      Girl with a cart of fresh produce in Kenya. Less well-known vegetables could play an important role in feeding the planet.
    (Keith Levit / Design Pics/Newscom/File)

By Nourishing the Planet
posted July 11, 2011 at 10:11 am EDT

No single food can put an end to hunger. But worldwide there are many different fruits and vegetables that are helping to improve nutrition and diets, while increasing incomes and improving livelihoods.

Today, Nourishing the Planet introduces a new series featuring the four vegetables – and one fruit that acts like a vegetable – that you have likely never heard of that are helping to alleviate hunger and poverty: (Learn more)

World Population Day: Agriculture Offers Huge Opportunities for a Planet of 7 Billion

World Population Day: Agriculture Offers Huge Opportunities for a Planet of 7 Billion.

As the global population increases, so does the number of mouths to feed. The good news is that in addition to providing food, innovations in sustainable agriculture can provide a solution to many of the challenges that a growing population presents.

As our global population continues to grow, agricultural innovations could provide solutions to some of our most pressing problems.(Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

“Agriculture is emerging as a solution to mitigating climate change, reducing public health problems and costs, making cities more livable, and creating jobs in a stagnant global economy,” said Danielle Nierenberg, Director of Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project.

This year, the world’s population will hit 7 billion, according to the United Nations. Reaching this unprecedented level of population density has prompted the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) to launch a “7 Billion Actions” campaign to promote individuals and organizations that are using successful new techniques for tackling global development challenges. By sharing these innovations in an open forum, the campaign aims to foster communication and collaboration as our world becomes more populated and increasingly interdependent.

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