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Healthy Junk Food: Could the Cause be the Cure?

By Ashley Beck | July 31, 2013

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Photo: Terry Bain

Photo: Terry Bain

David H. Freedman, writer for The Atlantic, seems to believe it is the most plausible answer. When I first laid eyes on his article,  “How Junk Food Can End Obesity” , I was intrigued if not completely skeptical and even a bit scared (Especially since I was right in the middle of reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food). Fast food chains and processed foods are what got us here in the first place. It’s not real food. It’s filled to the bliss point, with the Big 3 (Sugar, Salt, Fat). Why would we look to them to undo our unhealthy habits? Read More

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5 Food Additives Banned Outside the US

By Nicole Lewis | July 30, 2013

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Kid's cereals like this are chockfull of artificial color and flavor. (Photo: roboppy)

Kid’s cereals like this are chockfull of artificial color and flavor. (Photo: roboppy)

Ever stopped to read the ingredients list on a processed food item only to stumble over a few big chemically-sounding ingredients with questionable edibility? Sometimes these multi-syllabic ingredients are just the technical names for common and naturally occurring substances. Take “ascorbic acid,” for example, which is more commonly known as Vitamin C. But what about the other ingredients, the ones that sound as if they were created in a lab? Chances are stumbling over an unrecognizable ingredient on food packaging is indication that the ingredient is a food additive. Typically food additives are incorporated into processed foods to help boost flavor, maintain the shelf stability of a product, or to add color, but are some of these additives potentially more harmful than good? Read More

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Food Composting, Coming to NYC

By Christopher Stewart | July 23, 2013

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Out of all the wonderful things NYC is known for, recycling is not one of them. In recycling programs, NYC falls behind 15% in the recycling rate, and Mayor Bloomberg along with Ron Gonen, New York Deputy Commissioner for recycling and sustainability are on a mission to put NYC in the forefront. Featured on The Salt: NPR food blog, a new food compost recycling program has begun in NYC. Read More

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The Future of Food: Vertical Farming

By Christopher Stewart | May 29, 2013

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A few weeks ago there were some online articles circulating about what the future of food will look like. A minimalistic picture of food on a plate was the given image and that image stuck with me. Food in general is a hot button topic, and how much we have, waist and how much we consume is also a major topic of discussion. In highly popular cities, and growing cities alike, the higher the population the more buildings need to be built, which makes less space for farming and agriculture.  This brings up the topic of urban farming, the future of food and also vertical farming. Read More

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The New Effects of Flax-Fed Beef

By Christopher Stewart | May 22, 2013

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It’s hard to keep up with today’s food trends, fads, diets, and constant chef news. New topics are coming up everyday about the foods we consume and it’s hard to keep up. Staying healthy is another important topic of conversation and the foods we consume all play a part in this ongoing conversation. Beef has been a “hot button” topic of conversation for some years now, everyone from the NYTimes to vegetarians are talking about whether beef is a good choice. Jim Drouillard, professor of animal science and industry at Kansas State University believes that everyone can benefit from the health food flaxseed, even cows. Read More

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Notes from LinkedIn: “Prop 37″ and Labeling Genetically-Modified Foods

By Marcus Samuelsson | November 8, 2012

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This post was originally posted on November 5th as part of the LinkedIn Influencer’s Program. Proposition 37 was not passed in California on November 6th. Read some insightful responses to the outcome of the vote here and here.  

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The election is incredibly important, particularly in California. Not only will the state have a large say in who the next President will be, they also have the potential to fundamentally alter how people look at food in this country. Featured prominently on the state ballot  will be Proposition 37, a “Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods Initiative.” If passed, the proposition would require food producers to label all raw or processed foods that come from any plants or animals that have undergone this form of scientific genetic change. Read More

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Notes From LinkedIN: X-Ray Vision Carrots & Changing the Way Our Children Eat

By Marcus Samuelsson | October 11, 2012

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Changing the way our children eat could be as simple as changing the way they talk about food. According to a recent study by Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, children in schools are almost twice as likely to choose vegetables as part of their lunches when they have more exciting, dynamic names like “Power Punch Broccoli,” “X-Ray Vision Carrots,” and “Silly Dilly Green Beans.” While not calling for a revolution in naming, these simple observations are almost intuitive in their conclusions: making any activity fun and engaging makes children more enthusiastic about it, and eating better is no different. Read More

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