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In Defence of Food:
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With that seven-word maxim, US-based journalist Michael Pollan distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health by today’s industrially driven Western diet. Pollan offers an answer to one of the most urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy?
Some seed companies are getting their products Non-GMO Project verified but incentives are needed to attract more companies to become verified
The Non-GMO Project label is increasingly appearing on food products in the US, and now seed companies are starting to display the butterfly label. A few seed companies, seeing the growing demand for non-GMO products, are getting seed varieties Non-GMO Project verified though the numbers remain small compared with the number of non-GMO verified food companies.
“As demand for non-GMO choices continues to rise, farmers are seeking more non-GMO seed,” says Megan Westgate, executive director of the Non-GMO Project. “Similarly, smaller farms and home gardeners are choosing to plant more organic and non-GMO varieties.”
Yes! I have devoted today to bring you only good news about Health and Wellbeing and everything related to it.
It’s all so negative and we are up against such corruption, deceit and manipulation that it gets almost overwhelming, but there are good things happening everywhere and we need to applaud and share these good things as well.
So today, and maybe other days, is going to be devoted to only positive news. Thanks, Kavi
Trader Joe’s Ex-President Launches Grocery Store That Sells Healthy Food at Fast-Food Prices
It looks like your common boutique supermarket, and with its aisles brimming with fresh produce and friendly staff assisting customers, it has nearly everything you would find in your typical suburban food store.
But under the Whole Foods facade of carrot crates and egg carton stacks, something special is going on inside new store Daily Table that is hard to miss — the supermarket’s prices are so low that it seems like they are competing with fast food.
Well, actually yes. Trader Joe’s president and now Daily Table founder Doug Rauch says that it actually is the point.
“Our job at Daily Table is to provide healthy meals that are no more expensive than what people are already buying,” said Rauch in an interview with the Boston Globe.
“We’re trying to reach a segment of the population that is hard to reach. It’s the working poor who are out buying food, but who can’t afford the food they should be eating.”
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A startup called Farmigo is trying to create a better food system for both eaters and farmers.
Community-supported agriculture is great. But, at times, you can be bombarded with chard, or wonder what the heck to do with garlic scapes.
What if you could have a weekly box of locally grown produce, only you get to choose exactly what is in it. That’s the idea behind Farmigo, a startup with a service that allows a consumer to “ditch the supermarket,” as its website says, and instead purchase fresh foods from area farms online and pick them up at a neighborhood location.
Farmigo’s founder Benzi Ronen, who has spent 20 years in the technology world, decided it was time to use technology to remove a lot of the middlemen in grocery shopping, so that there could be a fair payback to farmers and the food could still be affordable to consumers.
Ronen shares his story with Smithsonian.com
December 17, 2015 by Erin Elizabeth
We all remember the day it happened because before that moment we hadn’t ever heard of this “young man”; the day that Martin Shkreli, 32, raised the price of a life-saving pill called Daraprim- (the preferred treatment for a parasitic condition known as toxoplasmosis, which can be deadly for unborn babies and patients with compromised immune systems including those with HIV or cancer) from $13.50 to $750- the world drew a sad, collective sigh. In the days after, as he made mainstream news rounds trying to clean up the mess he’d made and justify his actions at the same time, many people just saw him as a criminal.
Karma had the last laugh early this morning. Not only was Shkreli arrested in his home in Manhattan by federal agents, accused of securities fraud related to a firm he founded, but the man who has become a symbol of “defiant greed” has also lost his job. In a statement the company said it was replacing him as CEO, “because of serious concern about his conduct”.
Comment: I don’t think anyone will be too unhappy about this.
Taiwan’s government passed amendments Monday to the School Health Act on Monday that ban the use of genetically modified food ingredients or processed food with such ingredients in school meals.
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Shu-fen, one of the amendments’ sponsors, said Taiwan imports over 2.3 million tons of soybeans annually, 90 % of which are genetically modified or “animal feed” products.
Most GM crops are grown using chemical herbicides and stored and shipped through a procedure fit for animal feed, Lin said, arguing that if such crops were used in meals for schoolchildren, it would have a huge impact on their physical and psychological health.
“It’s hard to study or work if you are hungry,” says French councilor Arash Derambarsh, speaking from personal experience.
Arash is responsible for the petition of more than 200,000 people that prompted French lawmakers to adopt the Loi Macron, which, in part, forces French supermarkets to preserve and distribute leftover, unexpired food to charities nationwide.
He explains, “When I was a law student living on about €400 a month after I’d paid my rent, I used to have one proper meal a day around 5pm.” It was an experience that changed his life and helped guide him toward a concerted effort to distribute one of humanity’s most valuable commodities – food – to those that need it.
When the campaign began, it was local. Derambarsh and others involved would collect unwanted food from supermarkets in the area and distribute it to those in need. “Every day we’d help around 100 people. Half would be single mothers with several children, pensioners or public workers on low salaries, the other half would be those living on the streets or in shelters.”