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Friday
Jul282017

Eat plenty of organic vegetables for a safer pregnancy

Does it matter if you eat organic food when you are pregnant? Yes! Eating organic vegetables reduces the risk of pre-eclampsia, an uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous condition. That's the findings of a large Norwegian study involving over 28,000 women. One in twenty pregnant women suffer from pre-eclampsia (formerly called toxemia). If not treated, pre-eclampsia can lead to eclampsia, which can threaten the lives of both mother and child. Symptoms include high blood pressure and swelling.

Mother and child at farmers market love my curry

Today's post is for:

  • Those of you who may be cooking for someone who is pregnant (maybe even yourself!).
  • Anyone "educated" by the new US government program that will spend three million dollars to convince us that genetically modified crops and the pesticides they were designed to endure are safe.
  • For the couple I overheard at a Target recently and anyone who has a similar conversation. The man told the woman, "Don't buy organic! It's just an expensive piece of paper."

Fortunately, you can lower your risk pre-eclampsia by eating lots of organic vegetables. Rates of pre-eclampsia could drop by ...

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Friday
Jul212017

Add a Little Local to Your Grocery Shopping

I'm a big fan of the buy local and local food movements. Buying local food, goods, services, and entertainment from local people helps develop your community character and strengthens your economy. It also protects your community from despair if Walmart leaves after all the other neglected businesses shut down.

local eggplant with slogan buy local

Go Localish

But like everything in Cook for Good land, you don't have to do it all or all at once. Just being localish can make a big difference.

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Friday
Jul072017

Netflix Movie Okja

Like Wonder Woman, the new Netflix movie Okja starts in a tropical paradise full of love and isolated from the cruelties of the outside world. In both, a young heroine leaves to confront evil and shows bravery, physical prowess, and compassion despite her innocence. But in Okja, the heroine doesn't have superpowers or warrior training. She's a teenaged farm girl who loves her close companion, the superpig Okja.

[Minor spoiler alert!] Alas, the Big Food conglomerate that owns Okja comes to take her away. After all, the superpig was bred to taste $%#&^ good. Watch the Okja preview clip here to get a feel for the beauty and horror of this riveting film.

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Friday
Jun302017

How fiber feeds your gut microbiome, no yogurt needed

Dietary fiber is often described as the stuff we eat that we can't digest. But that all depends on what you mean by we. Fiber feeds our gut microbiome, the bacteria that live in our digestive tracks that help us extract nutrients from food.

five types of dried beans

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Friday
Jun162017

The People's Summit: Winning Clean Energy and Climate Justice for All

I wish you could have been with me at the People's Summit. Over 4,000 people came together to make the world a better place. It was a big love fest, ending with us all singing This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land. I was so moved I just had to hug the woman standing next to me, a stranger no more.

Although Bernie Sanders wasn't asked my question about food during the Q&A after his speech, I asked it myself at the session on Winning Clean Energy and Climate Justice for All. The session was moderated by Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of Hip Hop Caucus. (Don't you love his hat? Science Not Silence!) Just before I asked my question, he answered a question on financial divestment like this:

I think it is very important for all of our organizations, labor unions in particular, even our green organizations, to divest immediately from fossil fuels. We cannot be a clean energy movement and still rely on dirty fossil-fuel money. There are no jobs on a dead planet. That isn't a slogan, that's a real deal. We as a movement have to do that and make it happen.

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. of the Hip Hop Caucus and Linda Watson of Cook for Good

What a great lead in! When the microphone came my way, I said ...

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