Until your honey comes back…
April 14, 2018
Some Good Bits: Looking for some spring reboots, restarts, recharges? Whole Life Challenge shares some words of wisdom when you want to get movin’; Deliciously Ella has us rebooting pooridge if there’s a snap of chilly weather; and Bon Appetit’s Alex Delany rethinks family dinner with some grace and style.
Read: The 2018 guidelines for the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean Fifteen” are in. So. What changed? According to the Environmental Working Group annual audit, strawberries, spinach, and nectarines are the worst offenders; while avocados and sweet corn showed the least pesticide contamination. Generally speaking, the thicker the skin, the safer you are with conventionally-grown produce. We’re just talking end usage safety here. What about the farmers who distribute the pesticides? And, speaking of pesticides, the recently-approved merger of Bayer and Monsanto by the U.S. Department of Justice has drawn some interesting reactions. Back to the cleanliness of food – conventional wisdom indicates we might be best to stay away from processed foods and sugar.
Read: What’s the tech version of a carbon offset, like we see in agriculture? Google says it has acquired enough renewable energy to match 100% of its power consumption used in 2017. That’s a good first step. Meanwhile, Apple says it’s now powering 100% of global facilities with renewable energy, relying heavily on solar. As they add more suppliers, stores and other facilities, they intend to continue this trend to completely clean energy utilization. They’ve even called out the EPA in their consideration of cutting the Clean Power Act.
Read: Sear (and reverse sear) a perfect steak. Poach an egg. Learn to pickle. (What about the juice?) Wings. Guac. Prime rib. Chili. I’m getting hungry over here. From cooking basics, to going the extra mile for max flavor, every guy (and gal) can use a bit of help in the kitchen. All the way down to mixing classic cocktails and understanding umami. Hint: it’s the “fifth taste” discovered by Japanese.
Read: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has recently drawn interest in the wake of the proposed 2018 farm bill, which is currently on the docket in both the House and Senate. According to The New Food Economy, “nutrition programs account for about 80% of the money spent in farm bill programs.” Part of the uproar is around what food stamps might be used for – and by whom. Some (including Moby) argue junk food should be excluded from purchase with food stamps. And the current presidential administration is considering whether drug testing should be part of determining who actually qualifies for food assistance programs. The food stamp issue halted earlier progress in House farm bill discussions. While not the only issue to overcome, farmers and consumers are waiting…
A BIT MORE GOOD (AND SOME BAD)
> FDA wants to regulate Amazon’s fulfillment centers as food facilities. Amazon begs to differ.
> The Great Lakes are filling up with giant green blobs
> Vertical farming and hydroponics on the spectrum of sustainability
> A grassroots movement for healthy soil spreads among farmers
AND… ONE LAST THING BEFORE WE GO…
> Ever wonder how restaurants show up on interstate logo signs? A: $$
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