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Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act October 29, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Sustainable Living.

I received this e-mail from the Union of Concerned Scientists yesterday:

Currently, billions of taxpayer dollars subsidize unhealthy, processed foods, while farmers who grow healthy foods work without support—but we can change that!

Leaders in Congress have introduced the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act to support local farmers and food markets.  A recent UCS report found that expanding local food systems will boost local economies, create jobs, and encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables.

As a bonus, these farmers are also more likely to embrace practices that protect our air, water, and soil.

With enough support, this bill could become part of the larger Food and Farm Bill, currently moving through Congress at a lightning pace.

Write to your members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act today!

To learn more at UCS:  Local and Regional Food Systems 101 * Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems

Other Resources:  Choose My Plate  (healthy foods to place on your plate, plus help in planning nutritious and delicious menus); Eat Well Guide (a directory of farms, grocery stores, and restaurants that offer local, fresh, and sustainable food); SlowFood USA  (advocating for food and farming policies that are good for the public, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet); Food Routes (the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to our tables); Local Harvest (a directory of small farms, farmers’ markets and other local food sources).

Wikipedia ~ Asparagus (in Public Domain)

And, on a lighter note . . .

The Only Cin sent me A NEW AGE VEGETARIAN SONG to share, which I’ve expanded a bit:

When the moon is o’er the 7th field
And zucchini aligns with squash
Then peas will rule the planets
And lettuce will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus
The Age of Asparagus . . . A~SPA~RA~GUS


Eat Healthy!  Be Happy!

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Hidden Nutrients in Good For Us Food October 29, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Humor.

Wikipedia ~ This little piggy (in Public Domain)

When we look at food, we cannot see Vitamins, Minerals, Protein, Fiber, Carbohydrates, or Anti-Oxidants hiding within.

But those Hidden Nutrients in good for us food are the building blocks that nourish our bodies.

If we choose carefully, we get filled up without spreading out.

* It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician. ~ Meryl Streep

When putting together your grocery list and planning meals for the coming week, consider adding a few of these Healing Foods:


Asparagus ~ eat freely (not if you suffer from Gout)
Celery ~ calming, good for gout, controls blood pressure
Cruciferous Veggies ~ kale, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, mustard & turnip greens, swiss chard
Fennel & Fennel Seeds ~ several medicinal uses
Parsley ~ good source of Calcium, add to soups, sauces, and salads
Peas ~ richest food source of vitamin B1 (improves sleep, appetite, and mood)
Pumpkins, Squash, and Sweet Potatoes ~ beta-carotene and vitamin A
Red Pepper ~ eat freely, either raw or lightly cooked
Seawood ~ reliable source of iodine to avoid an underactive thyroid
Spinach ~ eat up to twice a week, preferably raw
Tomato ~ eat freely, including canned products (without salt)
Watercress ~ eat freely, especially raw


* It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~ Lewis Grizzard

* A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins. ~ Laurie Colwin


Wikipedia ~ Fennel (in Public Domain)

* Fennel is beyond every other vegetable, delicious. It resembles in appearance the largest size celery, perfectly white. There is no vegetable equals its flavour. Indeed I prefer it to every other vegetable, or to any fruit. ~ Thomas Jefferson

* I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark, like celery. ~ Aldous Huxley

* The turnip is a capricious vegetable, which seems reluctant to show itself at its best. ~ Waverley Root

* Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.  ~ Garfield (by Jim Davis)

* Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~ Doug Larson


Apples ~ improves joint problems, eat freely (as many as 2-3 day)
Apricots ~ great for potassium, including dried apricots
Bananas ~ improves mood and sleep, consume one a day
Black Currants ~ in spreads made with fruit juice, not sugar
Cherries ~ helps gout sufferers
Citrus Fruits ~ lemons, limes, kumquats, tangerines, tangelos, oranges


* A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.  Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do. ~ P.J. O’Rourke

* Life is like eating artichokes; you have got to go through so much to get so little.  ~ Thomas Aloysius (Tad) Dorgan

* You get about as much actual “food” out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps. ~ Miss Piggy

Grains, Beans, Nuts, Seeds & Shellfish:

Brown Rice ~ boosts thiamine levels
Wheat Germ ~ Vitamin E and fiber, sprinkle on salads and cooked dishes
Whole Grains ~ Wheat, Rye, Millet, Kasha, Barley, Quinoi, Corn
Beans & Lentils ~ Kidney, Pinto, Garbanzo, Red, Black, Lentils, Split Peas, Black Eyed Peas
Nuts ~ Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds (calcium, iron, potassium), Peanuts, Pistachios
Seeds ~ Linseed (omega 3 fatty acids), Pumpkin Seeds (best plant source of Zinc)
Shellfish ~ good source of iodine, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, iron

* I don’t think America will have really made it until we have our own salad dressing.  Until then we’re stuck behind the French, Italians, Russians and Caesarians. ~ Pat McNelis

* You are what you eat.  For example, if you eat garlic you’re apt to be a hermit. ~ Franklin P. Jones

* “Newman, you wouldn’t eat broccoli if it was deep-fried in chocolate sauce.” ~  Jerry Seinfeld

* Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes. ~ Louisa May Alcott

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