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Fifty Weeks of Green cookbookFunny romance starts in December. Useful page-turner for the cook or romantic in your life.

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Saturday
Jan162016

New US Dietary Guidelines miss chance to reduce disease, climate change

Good news: the new dietary guidelines include vegetarian and vegan diets and suggest reducing protein, cholesterol, and sugar. Bad news: it says vegans eat eggs, ignores protein in vegetables, thinks drinking white liquid is important, obscures its recommendations on eating less bad food, and drops the recommendation for environmentally responsible eating. The final 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines published this week reflect massive lobbying efforts by Big Ag and the junk-food industry. We've lost a valuable way to reduce disease and slow climate change.

The earlier Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (advisory report) provided more clear and direct ways to eat healthy diets, although it still was "bizarre" in recommending more dairy. Thanks to Dr. Neal Barnard and the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine for causing the USDA to strengthen cholesterol warnings in the guidelines despite "a money trail from the American Egg Board to universities where DGAC members were employed and persistent industry pressure to weaken cholesterol limits."

Read on for details and recommendations about what you can do.

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Thursday
Jan142016

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on GMOs and GMO labeling

We need GMO labeling because the United States, unlike at least 26 other countries including France, Germany, Russia, and China, allows genetically modified food to be sold [1]. Bernie Sanders has a clear, long-time record on fighting for our right to know what's in the food we eat. Hillary Clinton now says she's for GMO labeling, but supports a voluntary version so weak that you'll literally need a smart phone to decode the label. Read on for details, including the risks of genetically engineered food and what you can do.

Bernie Sanders sponsored an amendment to the 2013 Food Bill that would allow states to require labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients [2]. When introducing the amendment, he cited growing demand for labeling genetically engineered food:

People want to know what is in their food and I think that is a very reasonable request.... The FDA already requires the labeling of over 3,000 ingredients and additives. If you want to know if your food contains gluten, aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup, transfats, or MSG, you simply read the ingredient label.

Although his amendment was defeated, Bernie continues to fight for GMO labeling and against the "Monsanto Protection Act" [3].

Hillary Clinton has a confusing stand on labeling. In the video below,

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Sunday
Dec062015

Comparing costs: organic aquafaba from dried beans or cans to eggs

Aquafaba is a free egg replacer that you get by saving the broth or brine from chickpeas. (See recipe here.) Use it in place of whipped egg whites for egg-free meringues, fluffs, mousses, clafoutis, and more. The liquid from other legumes works too. I've had great success with black bean aquafaba. Good thing: black beans are cheaper than chickpeas and my Taster likes them better. My charts below compare the costs of the beans needed to get the aquafaba from dried beans or cans. It's cheaper than eggs even if you throw away the beans!

organic aquafaba from home-cooked dried chickpeas

Most aquafaba recipes start with

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Monday
Nov302015

Climate Change Eco-Fast

Wish you could be in Paris urging folks at the Climate Change Summit to take real action to save our beautiful planet? Me too! I can't do that, so I'm joining folks in the Order of Interbeing to support green action from wherever we are with an eco-fast.

Climate Change Eco-Fast Nov 30 to Dec 11 2015

Plum Village calls for a

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Sunday
Nov152015

Best Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Let the turkeys and other animals be as happy as your guests by including these recipes in your Thanksgiving dinner. All these recipes are plant-powered, with no meat, fish, eggs, or dairy.

Main course

Serve delicious Chickpea Triangles in place of turkey for a vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving. Omnivores will want to have both. These savory wedges say "main-dish protein" without resorting to faux meat charades.

Stuffed kabocha or acorn squash is one of my favorite holiday main courses. A winter squash makes a lovely centerpiece, too, while waiting to be cooked. Also see my book Wildly Affordable Organic for acorn squash stuffed with black beans and Persian tomato sauce.

stuffed kabocha or winter squash with pecans, tomatoes, raisins, and rice for a healthy, quick, vegan and gluten-free meal fit for Thanksgiving

Mashed potatoes and gravy can be creamy and rich without loads of calories. Feel free to have seconds!

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