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Americans' right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent ac-tion, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.
Filmmaker Kristin Canty's quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.
Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals' rights to access food of their choice and farmers' rights to produce these foods safely and free from unreasona-bly burdensome regulations. The film serves to put policymakers and regulators on notice that there is a growing movement of people aware that their freedom to choose the foods they want is in danger, a movement that is taking action with its dollars and its voting power to protect and preserve the dwindling number of family farms that are struggling to survive.Americans' right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack.... more
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Attention, foodies! I've got one for you, too! http://www.mrmedia.com/2008/12/gail-simmons-top-chef-judge-food-and-wine-editor-mr-media-interview/Attention, foodies! I've got one for you, too!... more
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The recession torpedoed the restaurant industry, forcing stalwart chains like Bennigans and Steak & Ale to file for bankruptcy and shut their doors. But maybe they would have escaped this fate if they had just put their waitresses in skimpier outfits.
As Candice Choi of the Associated Press reported, according to new data from Technomic, a food industry research firm, “the nation’s top three ‘breastaurant’ chains behind Hooters each had sales growth of 30 percent or more last year.” One of those establishments, Addison-based Twin Peaks, saw sales increase to $44 million, a 35 percent jump from the previous year.
What is a breastaurant? Choi describes it as “sports bars that feature scantily clad waitresses,” a concept made popular in the eighties by Hooters, the most famous breastaurant in the industry. Like Hooters, Twin Peaks’s waitresses wear barely-there costumes, a red-and-black plaid crop top and short khaki shorts, in keeping with the chain’s hunter’s lodge theme.
This booming success for the up-and-coming breastaurants is bad news for Hooters, which has experienced, ahem, sagging revenue—sales have fallen from their 2007 peak of $960 million. But this is not the first time the pioneering breastaurant has come under attack from a competitor. In August 2011, Coby Brooks, former Hooters CEO, jumped ship to Twin Peaks to be a “megafranchisee,” agreeing to open 35 of the restaurants in ten states over the next ten years. (Breastaurants appear to be in Brooks’s blood: his father, Bob Brooks, expanded the chain to 425 restaurants during his time as CEO.) Hooters also filed a lawsuit against the company developing Twin Peaks in September 2011, claiming Joseph Hummel, a former Hooters vice president that also left for Twin Peaks, took “sensitive business information” to the company.
Full Story: http://www.tmdailypost.com/article/business/rise-breastaurants#The recession torpedoed the restaurant industry, forcing stalwart chains like... more
(OrganicJar) When it comes to having healthy hair, it’s more important to step out of the shower and into the kitchen. Without adequate nutrition, hair is more likely to be dull, to be thin and to turn gray. A change in diet and vitamin intake can improve the heath and appearance of your hair.
So if you’re looking to improve the health of your hair consider supplementing your diet with these vitamins and minerals. Don’t forget, the best way to obtain these nutrients is from whole foods.
The 7 Most Important Vitamins for Healthy Hair:
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9 or Folate)
One of the most important nutrients to prevent hair loss.
Folic Acid is one of the most chemically complicated vitamins and is vital to the proper functioning of the human body. Folic Acid aids in tissue growth and the proper functioning of cells. It’s responsible for hair growth by renewing the cells that grow hair, a deficiency in folic acid can inhibit the health of your hair and lead to premature graying and hair loss.
Best food source for Folic Acid: Lentils, spinach, asparagus, turnip greens, beans, and sunflower seeds.
Suggested Daily Dose of Folic Acid: 400 mcg
The second most important vitamin for hair loss prevention.
Vitamin A is an antioxidant known to improve hair texture and sheen. Vitamin A protects your hair from free radical damage and assist in producing sebum in the scalp which leads to healthy oils throughout the hair preventing dry hair. Also, vitamin A is used to help your body deal with stress, which can be a key factor of hair loss.
Best food source for Vitamin A: Liver, dandelion greens, carrots, broccoli leaf, sweet potato, kale, spinach, and cantaloupe melon.
Suggested Daily Dose of Vitamin A: 5,000 IU *More than 25,000 IU of animal Vitamin A (Retinol) is toxic and can cause hair loss and other serious health problems. There is no reported limit to plant Vitamin A (Carotenoids).
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
The most essential vitamin for protecting hair against free radicals.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin. Vitamin C increases blood circulation throughout the body, including the scalp and helps prevent hair breakage, and promotes hair growth. It is also known to prevent both discoloration and hair loss. Dry and splitting hair may be the result of a deficiency in Vitamin C.
Best food source for Vitamin C: Camu Camu, acerola, rose hip, green chili pepper, guava, red pepper, parsley, kiwifruit, and broccoli
Suggested Daily Dose of Vitamin C: 1,500 mg
The most important vitamin for increasing scalp circulation.
Vitamin E is another antioxidant that enhances scalp circulation and is essential to the overall appearance of your hair. Vitamin E is known to help in the production and repair of hair cells, which in turn prevents split ends, aids in the prevention of hair loss and helps your hair grow faster.
Best food source for Vitamin E: Wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, almonds, hazelnuts, spinach, turnip, beet, and avocado.
Suggested Daily Dose of Vitamin E: Up to 1000 IU. *Over 1000 IU can raise blood pressure and reduce clotting so check with your doctor if you’re on high blood pressure medications.
READ THE REST: http://organicjar.com/2012/3466/(OrganicJar) When it comes to having healthy hair, it’s more important to step... more
Motivated by it's success with the 'Totally Vegged' program prodded by Compassion Over Killing in Canada, the U.S. chain will try three new sandwiches in a small marketMotivated by it's success with the 'Totally Vegged' program prodded by... more
By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 17:00 EDT
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday called for an overhaul of the SNAP program — which provides food stamps — by requiring states to determine how they ration benefits instead of the federal government.
“Our system of helping ensure that no one goes hungry in our country is a noble one, but we’re now asking to spend $750 billion on food stamps,” he said on the Senate floor. “When we ask this, we need to remember that recently a woman in Chicago faked the birth of triplets in order to receive $21,000 in food stamps.”
“We need to remember that millionaires, including Larry Ficke, who won $2 million, are still receiving food stamps because he says he has got no income. He has got $2 million but no income.”
Last year, Ficke won $2 million from the Michigan lottery, but was still allowed to collect food stamps because of a loophole.
“So we’re paying millionaires food stamps,” Paul added. “It’s out of control. It’s not about helping those in need. It’s about being wise with the taxpayer dollars and not giving people $20,000 a year in food stamps.”
Paul offered an amendment to the farm bill that would convert the SNAP program into block grants, requiring states to administer the program. The amendment would have cut $280 billion over the next decade by freezing annual funding at $45 billion, according to Paul. The amendment failed by a 65-33 vote.
The farm bill already proposes a $4.5 billion cut to the SNAP program over the next 10 years. The cuts would result in an average benefit cut of $90 per month for nearly a half a million households, according to Congressional Budget Office.
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on June 13...
"Hahaa, I hope the Fella that was giving me a hard time a few days ago will see this and know that I was correct!!! I am a bit Amused how his time was Expired, basically they shut him up, but this is the first thing I have heard from Rand Paul that I will Applaud!!!!" =)By Eric W. Dolan Wednesday, June 13, 2012 17:00 EDT Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on... more
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This documentary from filmmaker Fredrik Gertten observes the legal experiences of 12 workers on a banana plantation in Nicaragua, who hire Cuban-American attorney Juan Dominguez for representation in their class-action lawsuit against corporate giant Dole Foods. The suit finds its plaintiffs accusing Dole of causing infertility en masse among their population thanks to the use of the DBCP crop pesticide - a chemical banned in the United States four years prior, but still used in Nicaragua after that ban despite Dole's full awareness of the dangers present. The legal battle itself occupies center stage; though the plaintiffs' attorney Duane Miller presents his clients as traumatized, corporately-violated victims, the attorney representing dole paints them as drunks and liars - leading to a heated, highly aggressive courtroom showdown.This documentary from filmmaker Fredrik Gertten observes the legal experiences of 12... more
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Healthy comfort food: Garlic baked French frieshttp://www.examiner.com/article/healthy-comfort-food-garlic-baked-french-friesHealthy comfort food: Garlic baked French... more
With waiters earning a minimum cash wage of $2.13 per hour in Texas, even the most attentive garcón has to bust a hump to make a living. So imagine the nation-wide shock when Greg Rubar, a waiter of sixteen years at D’Amico’s Italian Market Café in Houston, received a $5,000 tip from “a pair of his regulars” over the weekend, reported MSNBC.
Rubar had served the couple for about eight years, reported the Houston Chronicle, and after finishing their “27-dollar lunch of soup and wine,” they went far beyond the fifteen percent or doube-the-tax conventions, handing their waiter an envelope holding fifty 100-dollar bills (Get out your calculators—that’s a 18,518 percent tip.) Rubar said the couple told him, “We’re still going to come in, but we’re not going to tip you for a while […] This is for you to go and buy a nice car,” reported MSNBC.
His car recently flooded during a rainstorm, according to Morago. Rubar’s companion, Terri Elsik, also works at D’Amico’s, and the pair lately has “had to take taxis and rely on the kindness of owners Nash D’Amico and Brina D’Amico Donaldson who have loaned them a catering truck when not in use.”
Full Story: http://www.tmdailypost.com/article/business/houston-couple-leaves-5000-tipWith waiters earning a minimum cash wage of $2.13 per hour in Texas, even the most... more
Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance.
"We were frankly kind of startled," said Nicholas Fisher, one of the researchers reporting the findings online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The levels of radioactive cesium were 10 times higher than the amount measured in tuna off the California coast in previous years. But even so, that's still far below safe-to-eat limits set by the U.S. and Japanese governments.
Previously, smaller fish and plankton were found with elevated levels of radiation in Japanese waters after a magnitude-9 earthquake in March 2011 triggered a tsunami that badly damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors.
But scientists did not expect the nuclear fallout to linger in huge fish that sail the world because such fish can metabolize and shed radioactive substances.
One of the largest and speediest fish, Pacific bluefin tuna can grow to 10 feet and weigh more than 1,000 pounds. They spawn off the Japan coast and swim east at breakneck speed to school in waters off California and the tip of Baja California, Mexico.
Five months after the Fukushima disaster, Fisher of Stony Brook University in New York and a team decided to test Pacific bluefin that were caught off the coast of San Diego. To their surprise, tissue samples from all 15 tuna captured contained levels of two radioactive substances — ceisum-134 and cesium-137 — that were higher than in previous catches.
To rule out the possibility that the radiation was carried by ocean currents or deposited in the sea through the atmosphere, the team also analyzed yellowfin tuna, found in the eastern Pacific, and bluefin that migrated to Southern California before the nuclear crisis. They found no trace of cesium-134 and only background levels of cesium-137 left over from nuclear weapons testing in the 1960s.
The results "are unequivocal. Fukushima was the source," said Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who had no role in the research.
Bluefin tuna absorbed radioactive cesium from swimming in contaminated waters and feeding on contaminated prey such as krill and squid, the scientists said. As the predators made the journey east, they shed some of the radiation through metabolism and as they grew larger. Even so, they weren't able to completely flush out all the contamination from their system.
"That's a big ocean. To swim across it and still retain these radionuclides is pretty amazing," Fisher said.
Pacific bluefin tuna are prized in Japan where a thin slice of the tender red meat prepared as sushi can fetch $24 per piece at top Tokyo restaurants. Japanese consume 80 percent of the world's Pacific and Atlantic bluefin tuna.
The real test of how radioactivity affects tuna populations comes this summer when researchers planned to repeat the study with a larger number of samples. Bluefin tuna that journeyed last year were exposed to radiation for about a month. The upcoming travelers have been swimming in radioactive waters for a longer period. How this will affect concentrations of contamination remains to be seen.
Now that scientists know that bluefin tuna can transport radiation, they also want to track the movements of other migratory species including sea turtles, sharks and seabirds.Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination... more
Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences to Offer Reduced Structured Refuge Stacked Trait Options to Independent Seed CompaniesMINNETONKA, Minn. and INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - May 17, 2012
Syngenta and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow), announced today a joint agreement to offer two reduced refuge trait stacks to independent seed companies through Syngenta-owned GreenLeaf Genetics LLC. This agreement will make high-performing trait stacks, beginning with the Agrisure Viptera® 3220 and Agrisure 3122 trait stacks, more widely available to U.S. and Canadian corn growers. Inbreds for hybrid combinations will be offered for sale immediately for production this winter.
"With this opportunity, we further demonstrate our dedication to independent seed companies and commitment to providing them advances in trait technologies," said David Morgan, president of Syngenta Seeds, Inc. "Growers will enjoy greater productivity through reduced refuge and the convenience of purchasing this technology through their local independent seed supplier."
Great, because I really trust my local seed supplier now.
http://iowagirlonthego.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/img_6737.jpgMINNETONKA, Minn. and INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - May 17, 2012 Syngenta and Dow... more
There is nothing more exciting than eating food and WHACKO-TV once again pulled Chef Dwight out of the bar for another episode of Cookin’with DaWhite Guy. This time our resident chef shows you how to make a delicious avocado and grapefruit salad that is perfect for a hot summer day. Get the latest tips and tricks from someone who spends his life in the kitchen, well, when he’s not in jail. It’s Cookin’ with DaWhite Guy.There is nothing more exciting than eating food and WHACKO-TV once again pulled Chef... more