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  • Brazil Raids Illegal Ranches, Gives Cattle To Poor

    Brazil’s new environment minister, Carlos Minc is committed to serious punative action when it comes to the estimated 60,000 cows that are raised on illegally deforested land in the region of Amazonia. In fact, cattle pasture now covers 7.8% of the Amazon region, with an ever growing presence as worldwide demand for beef skyrockets. Illegal […] More

  • Fear of Famine Drives EU Support of Genetically Modified Crops

    The European Union has traditionally been more cautious of genetically-modified (GM) foods than the rest of us. They require more scientific study than other food safety organizations before approving individual seeds and ban a significant number of GM seeds as well. This stands in stark contrast to U.S. policies that encourage GM crop growing through […] More

  • Halal: The Original Ethical Meat Eating?

    Among the decidedly ungreen luxuries I allow myself is a small collection of magazine subscriptions, one of which is Gourmet – the Conde Nast foodie rag that is, to be honest, hit or miss. But this month’s issue was a favorite of mine, mostly because of a moving account by two young chefs of a […] More

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    How Eco-Friendly Coffee Makes a Difference

    Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee each day, which contributes to the coffee bean’s status as the second most globally traded product after petroleum. Now, a recent report from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid has found that regular coffee intake can actually prevent heart disease in women. Coffee is a much needed cash crop […] More

  • Meatless BBQ: Halloumi Cheese Three Ways

    While any red-blooded foodie enjoys a veggie burger now and again, it can get tiresome to keep chowing down on the same prepackaged bulgar patty as meat-eaters feast on a vast array of grilled options from shrimp skewers to pulled pork, salmon sides and steaks. What is the vegetarian-minded BBQer to do amidst the seemingly […] More

  • Guilt-Free Beer Guzzling: Top Five Sustainable Suds

    Who’s thirsty? Between the barbecues, national holidays and beach vacations, cold beers become a necessity in many households over the summer months. As we pay more attention to the way our food is grown, harvested and transported, perhaps we owe it to the environment to be as vigilant with our beer. But how easy is […] More

  • Cooking With Sea Asparagus

    I went to an unfamiliar greenmarket today and had the pleasure of meeting a whole new group of farmers. One vendor was not a farmer at all, but a forager. In fact, he has an entire network of foragers throughout Canada who trade products, enabling a far longer season than would otherwise exist (the man […] More

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    Chocolate-Goji Vegan Ice Cream Recipe

    Following my goji berry coup in Chinatown last week, I found myself with an embarrassment of riches. What to do with all of these berries? Where before I meted out a small handful to enjoy at the bottom of a tea cup, I was now free to make recipes that included whole cups of goji. […] More

  • Investors Are Buying Your Dinner, But How Will They Trade It?

    Most mainstream business reporting on the agricultural sector has recently focused on the socio-economic impact of rice shortages in southeast Asia or the global price spikes throughout the food chain. But despite the misfortune wrought by desertification, drastic weather changes and other contributing factors, those who trade on the commodities market have seen food shortages […] More

  • Shopping In Toronto’s Chinatown

    Despite a mild insecurity with shopping in grocery stores where the latin alphabet graces few labels, I was overcome with a desire to shop in Chinatown today upon seeing the perfect, sunny weather. More than picking up a few veggies, I was hoping to gather some inspiration. I have gotten into a bit of a […] More

  • Urban Agriculturalist: Vertical Farms

    Urban Agriculturalist is a series on the ways city and suburb dwellers use their land as a food resource. With an ever shrinking topographical footprint and a population in perpetual flux, the modern city has some feeding issues. A recent article in The Globe and Mail described the frustration of farmer’s market organizers over the […] More

  • Who Feeds Us? Women In the Fields

    Who Feeds Us? is my attempt to investigate the lives of our farm workers. Who picks our crops and packages our meals and how are they treated in our name? What do we implicitly sanction as we swipe our debit cards through the checkout line? The accompanying picture is of a migrant farm worker, much […] More

  • Rhubarb on Accompaniment

    In junior high school, I had a quirky music teacher (is there any other kind?) who would occasionally launch into monologues on a myriad of topics including, but not limited to: what a loser her ex-boyfriend was; amusing malapropisms from her overbearing opera coach, Hilde; and life “on the stage.” I remember these well because […] More

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    Nutrient Study Challenges Raw Foodism

    The raw food movement began with a fringe group of eaters in the mid 1970s and has since gained mainstream status along with other alternative diets such as veganism and macrobiotic eating. Most major cities and many smaller ones now boast raw food restaurants. Raw cookbooks abound and celebrities like Carol Alt, Woodie Harrelson and […] More

  • Urban Agriculturalist: Professional Allotment Gardening

    After a brief hiatus, Urban Agriculturalist is back! Urban Agriculturalist is a series on the ways city and suburb dwellers use their land as a food resource. Last week, the New York Times featured a few part-time professional urban farmers in areas of New York City where a high demand and low supply of produce […] More

  • Rice Prices Shut Down School Breakfast Program

    When the World Food Program (WFP) introduced free breakfasts to public schools in impoverished communities around the world, teachers immediately noticed a difference in their classrooms. Not only were students more alert and focused, they attended more regularly and were never late so as not to miss breakfast time. The quality of the students changed, […] More

  • Wild Greens in the Great White North

    While browsing the St. Lawrence Market last weekend, I was elated to spot the paisley-shaped heads of fiddlehead ferns. I won’t get into my love for the regional delicacy too much, as Jennie already posted a great recipe, but I felt that – despite their season of only a few weeks – the wild, gamey […] More

  • Veggie Bahn Mi Recipe

    When we had company unexpectedly this week, I had to think quickly of a dish to serve. Earlier that day, I made some of the raw beet salad that I wrote about last month. I had about two cups of leftover shredded beets + carrots. So I decided to pickle them in a combination of […] More

  • Food Synergy: Why Nutrients Should Not Stand Alone

    During the discussion that followed my blog post on synthetic, corn-derived additives, a debate arose about the relative health benefits of isolated or additive nutrients versus those consumed in the context of their natural whole food. One commenter wondered why nutrients found in whole foods were preferable to their isolated counterparts. I realized that this […] More

  • Corn Aliases: How The King Crop Hides In Everything You Eat

    First, I want to apologize for my absence – I’ve been dealing with a family issue away from home and haven’t had the time or mental energy to post. I am happy to be back and gratefully anticipate your forgiveness (please?). I spent last week following the Ashkenazi diet for the eight day celebration of […] More

  • A Second Chance at Ice Cream

    One thing that I love about cooking the Passover Seder for my family is that I get two chances to make a memorable meal. While the menus always differ between the two nights of celebrations, I usually incorporate a few similar elements to try out twice. I am never going to win with the traditional […] More

  • Report Says We Can Feed the World

    As the prices of basic food staples like corn and wheat have risen 45% since the end of 2006 and food inflation has reached 80% in some countries, the world’s hungry are increasing in number and desperation. A poignant article on the front page of today’s New York Times shows a young girl standing on […] More

  • Are Food Mile Labels Misleading?

    Over the past year, Britain’s grocers have begun affixing an air freighted sticker to food flown in from abroad. Ever since locavorism began to gain ground in this decade (I’d peg it at 2005, but many of you may differ), there has been a murmur about the possibility of labeling food to reflect its environmental […] More

  • The Weekend Raw: Early Spring Sunshine Salad

    Now that the weather is warming up and produce is coming into season up here in zone 5, I am trying to be more conscientious about eating a raw diet. While I don’t think I have the patience and stamina (or the gadgets) to go completely raw, I am trying to incorporate more raw elements […] More

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    Cape Now Far Removed From Cod

    Cape Cod has been on my mind a lot lately. I’ve just finished Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, which included a vivid depiction of the Provincetown restaurant scene. As a childhood frequenter of the Cape, I have fond memories of eating my way up and down the elbow. The fried clam shacks, Portuguese fish stews and […] More

  • Tainted Mozzarella Proves That No Meal Is An Island

    After 83 buffalo dairy providers from the Campania region of Italy were suspended after high levels of the toxicant class, dioxins were found in mozzarella made from their milk, two unlikely industries found themselves in the hot seat: independent farmers and traditional cheesemakers. We often think of small farmers and food artisans as immune to […] More

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    Urban Agriculturalist: Backyard Chickens

    Urban Agriculturalist is a series on the ways city and suburb dwellers use their land as a food resource. Behold Gallus Domesticus, the backyard chicken and latest slow food phenomenon. Traumatized by images of chicken warehouses, disgusted by food recalls and perhaps even longing for animal companionship, urban dwellers are becoming enthusiastic chicken owners. Urban […] More

  • Antioxidants, Decoded

    For one reason or another, thinking about, living with and treating cancer has been a big part of the lives of my friends and family over the past year. Perhaps this has something to do with my current location, but I’m not so sure. Frankly, it is becoming more and more apparent to me that […] More

  • Discount Organics: Greenwash Agent or Nutritional Revolution?

    I just read an article about a new in-house organics label from a retail giant here in Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart. Despite the name “drug mart,” Shoppers carries an impressively large inventory of edible items. And while I have always appreciated their supply of organic shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste, I haven’t given the food aisle […] More

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