Are you eating ‘ethically’?

•January 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Do you eat ethically? This might expand your definition a bit! http://bit.ly/IPVKwB

•September 7, 2012 • Leave a Comment

How to Feed the World….video wisdom!

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I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, it’s just been a crazy few days and I barely have time to think let alone write.

This is one of my favorite videos. It’s 9 minutes long, but well worth watching. The video takes a complex problem and breaks it down in a simple way. It doesn’t ask that you become a vegetarian (and obviously this omnivore ain’t asking that of you either), but does ask you to make some different choices in how you eat and what and how much you purchase.

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Did you know…

•September 5, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Statistics can be frightening. SNAP benefits are at an all time high. 1/3rd of New Jerseyans live in poverty and from the  World Bank’ s ”Repositioning Nutrition as Central to Development” report, 90% of the world’s malnourished children live in 36 countries.

Now we know.

Workers Rights, a Sustainble Food Issue

•June 19, 2012 • 1 Comment

If you care about sustainability — the capacity to endure — it’s time to expand our definition to include workers. You can’t call food sustainable when it’s produced by people whose capacity to endure is challenged by poverty-level wages.

Bittman is at it again- forcing us to rethink our constructs of food and justice. Here at Sharing the Table, we’ve brought forth issues such as affordability, food deserts, obesity, genetically modified organisms, taxation of unhealthy food products, volatile price swings, fracking, local and international policies, and more. Admittedly, we have not delved into the issue of restaurant workers, their wages, and their rights.

How prophetic the message…it’s time to expanding our understanding of sustainability.

 

 Source: The 20 Million NYTimes Article

G8- Time to work hard

•May 17, 2012 • Leave a Comment

DearG8, the world's farmers work hard to put food on the table. Now it's your turn. by Oxfam International, via Flickr

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Oxfam, we couldn’t agree more. We are hopeful to see what emerges from Camp David!

Weight of the Nation

•May 16, 2012 • 1 Comment

Did you tune in?

HBO’s documentary on Obesity. Watch online as well.

Ending the food tribes!

•April 26, 2012 • 1 Comment

In “Let’s put an end to ‘dietary tribalism’ “, Andy Bellatti, MS, RD, calls for us to bury the hatchet of the words that seperate us. Often times,  lifestyles terms such as  vegan, vegetariam, or locavore divide us. Instead, we should seek opportunities  to come together to address issues in the food supply chain.  He asks what would happen if we would put down the kinves we hold at each other and work together on:

…getting food dyes and trans fat out of our food supply, demanding that the presence of genetically modified organisms and artificial hormones (at the very least) be labeled, ridding schools of nutritionally empty foods, and bringing more access to healthy foods in “food deserts.”

What would happen, indeed!

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Maybe this is a call to revisit your Food Philosophy!

Ancient Holidays, New Traditions.

•April 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Ancient Holidays, New Traditions, is our friend Alli’s explanation of how she and her family shared the table this season.

Do you have a similar story of food justice? Tell us!

Food Related Documentaries

•March 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Are you looking for a few good flicks on food? Check out this list of  “8 Documentaries That Will Change the Way You Look at Food“!

Happy viewing!

 

EWG’s Great Groceries Guide

•March 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

After receiving this email from the Environmental Working Group, I was elated! I had just finished a strong critique of the current food system. To switch gears and utilize new tools to have more control in my food choices was a needed change.

How do you plan on using these guides?

Let's know about our food!

 

EWG’s Groceries Guide:

EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. I always check it when trying to decide which fruits and vegetables to buy organic and which are OK to buy conventional. And keep your eyes open – we will be updating this popular guide with new data soon.

The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food compass just released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This interactive map shows where to find USDA-supported projects in your area that support local food.

The Label Decoder in EWG’s Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change + Health. We included this handy explainer on how to read labels on meat and dairy products. From free-range to lean, it helps you know what you’re buying.

Organic vs. Natural. What’s the difference between natural and organic anyway? Our friends at The Organic Center have published this handy tip sheet to help us out on that one.

EWG’s Sugar in Children’s Cereal Report. In researching this report, published in December, we discovered that many popular cereals have more sugar than Twinkies or chocolate chip cookies. When I’m looking for an alternative breakfast choice, I check out the delicious recipes in EWG’s Five Healthy Breakfast Tips.