Archive for October, 2006

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Fall for Farmers Markets

Happy Tuesday Afternoon!  Wow, can you believe it’s Tuesday already? :)  Anyway, it’s the week before Halloween and fall is completely in swing.  This is a great time of year to get out and enjoy the many farmersmarkets in California and around the country!  The weather is perfect, the fruits and vegetables are in season and it’s just a fun atmosphere to hang out in.  You are supporting your local farmers, your food is fresh because it hasn’t been transported hundreds or thousands of miles to a grocery store and you are buying your food in season, a practice that we sometimes forget about. I have included a link below with a map of farmers‘ market locations in your area! 

This whole concept of buying seasonally is something that doesn’t seem to have much significance anymore.  I mean, you can go to the grocery store and buy asparagus in February.  There is not a place in the US that can grow asparagus in February.  It has probably been flown up from Chile’ some 6,000 miles away.  This is as far from sustainability as it gets!  The amount of fuel and time it took to get to your plate is ridiculous, never mind the fact that it tastes like an inner tube.  Avoiding non-seasonal foods saves petroleum, supports your local economy and is healthier for you!

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Cuban Organic Revolution

This week I have learned about so many exciting things that I would like to share with you!   Last night we went to the Telluride Mountain Movie Festival (on tour) at the Natural History Museum.  They are playing more movies tonight and tickets are still available if anyone is interested http://www.sdnhm.org/education/brochure/mtfestival-filmlist.html.  All of the movies were awesome.  One in particular focused on the urban organic farming happening in Havana, .  Apparently when the soviets pulled out in the 80’s they took with them the stable food supply coming from Europe.  This left the Cubans with little food and strict government rationing.  The government, which had previously outlawed farming in the city of Havana and free trade, reconsidered this law and allowed people to start farming organically in any open space in Havana (e.g. rooftops, vacant lots, in front of office buildings, courtyards).  The government even gave people plots of land for free if they promised to grow food on it.  The organic piece is pretty important in this equation.  Pesticides and fertilizers are outlawed because in the urban area, these chemicals will leech into the soil and contaminate the groundwater. This whole experiment has proven to be very successful!  The amount of organically grown food produced on the thousands of small farms in this urban area now contributes 50% of the total food needed to support Havana.  is now on the road to go entirely organic and it has become the largest organic model in the world.  Although they may have other problems…This they have certainly figured out!  For more information check out http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/twr118h.htm
 

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Now that’s a lot of $h!t

I hope everyone is off to a good week!  I just finished up my fantasy football lineup and I’m looking forward to kicking all of your asses this week.  Since I focused on the impact of factory farming on chickens and turkeys last week, this week I’ll focus on the amount of waste that is produced by raising animals in a factory farmed environment.  Some of these numbers are amazing and really illustrate the fact that raising animals this way not only affects the animals but our environment and the health of the people that live near these animal factories.  

I apologize for this being pretty weak this week.  Next week I’ll bring a little more to the table.  However, here is a cool website that has a bunch of great veg recipes and allows people to rate them (which is a must). http://allrecipes.com/recipes/vegetarian/main.aspx

 

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Eating is an agricultural act

So the World Vegetarian Day festival in San Francisco was pretty interesting.  I don’t think it was bad….but it wasn’t great either.  I was happy to see the amount of "normal" people there.  That reinforces that I’m not a freak J (at least not by being a vegetarian).  Saturday evening we went to a restaurant called Greens http://www.greensrestaurant.com/, I highly recommend it when you visit San Fran.  The menu changes daily depending on the fresh food delivered for the day.  This makes dining at a good veg restaurant a unique experience. The meal was one of the best vegetarian meals that I can remember.  I’m not sure exactly what we had…but if you ask Meg, she can run through the whole menu for you!
 
I know some of you may be taking a pass on Veg day this week because I neglected to change out one of my players on my Fantasy Football team, but I encourage you to change up your week and skip meat for a day this week anyway!  I checked my team earlier last week, but I obviously missed it.  I will make sure everyone it playing next week!

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