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Is Vegetarian Chicken a Good Alternative to Real Chicken?

By Jeannette | March 15, 2012

Photo:  FotoosVanRobin

Photo: FotoosVanRobin

By: Justin Chan

While local farmers in California are struggling to find slaughterhouses for their chickens, one New York Times writer has suggested abandoning the consumption of chicken altogether and instead opting for a plant-based alternative.

In an op-ed, Mark Bittman writes that the chickens’ poor living conditions and the savage process of slaughtering them warrant a procedure that is more humane. Although one answer is to reduce or eliminate their consciousness, Bittman says the best method is to look for a meat substitute. In the Netherlands, for instance, a shop called The Vegetarian Butcher offers plant-based products that taste awfully similar to meat. The “chicken,” in particular, Bittman notes, would have fooled him had he not known about it beforehand. He says his experience there made him reconsider the advantages of eating vegetarian meat and how it might reduce the environmental damage caused by raising chickens industrially. Read More

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School Lunches Just Got A Whole Lot Healthier

By admin | February 6, 2012

Photo: Bread for the World

Photo: Bread for the World

By: Ashley Bode

Last week, school lunches made great strides toward becoming more healthful. The USDA announced new guidelines for subsidized school lunches, showing the first changes to the program in over 15 years, changes that have become part of The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The Act is a piece of legislation that allows the USDA to improve lunch and breakfast programs for school children through nutrition and a hunger safety net, a first in over 30 years.

Mark Bittman chronicles the pros and cons in his opinion piece for the New York Times, continually providing readers with an educated discussion on the way food systems operate in the US.  He is quick to note that the new rules, which lessen the importance of protein-centric meals and increase fruit and veggie portions, are less than perfect, but also are the biggest step made toward a nutritional based program for children in desperate need. Read More

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The New York Times, Holiday Eating, and Street Food

By admin | December 2, 2011

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A couple days ago, I paid a visit to one of the City’s most prestigious buildings- The New York Times Building. It was wonderful to be at such an important establishment for not only New York City but the entire nation, as we all depend on their news and reporting. I had the chance to serve lunch to the NY Times employees that day, but more importantly prior to serving food I partook of a discussion moderated by Metro Reporter Robin Finn.  Read More

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Mark Bittman Speaks: The Cheaper of the Two, Junk Food or Talk?

By admin | September 27, 2011

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Photo: TheFoodJunk

By: Saira Malhotra

A few decades ago, a story was created about convenience food and we bought it. We became the poster child of taco nights and Campbell soup, stoking the fire in our belly and bringing our families close together.  A few decades later we were reprimanded for our unhealthy eating habits and that junk food (formerly known as convenience) was destroying us, causing spikes in cancer, heart disease, early puberty and diabetes. We now needed another story and we got one. Junk food is the only option because it is cheap. 

Mark Bittman, in his ongoing quest to transform America in to a healthy nation has called us out yet again. Read More

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A Look Into Ethical Fish Choices

By admin | September 26, 2011

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Photo: garryknight

By: Ashley Bode

Twenty years has passed and we are still facing the same issues on our plates. In the 1980s consumers boycotted for dolphin-safe fishing and were promised an improvement. Yet, the general public is still unaware of how, where, and at what cost their seafood is caught. Is it time for us to think of fish as animals and not just a category of food?

According to Mark Bittman, Greenpeace is at it again, boycotting canned tuna in efforts to raise awareness and stop fishing done by long-lines and fish aggregating devices (devices that lure big fish, then detect and communicate how many fish are present); Read More

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FoodCorps Vision Becomes a Reality

By admin | August 29, 2011

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Photo: kaiscapes

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

America is getting hit with a whole new set of soldiers that are ready to defend its children and healthy eating. FoodCorps has had a vision for a while now and their vision, as of last week, has become a reality. The organizations mission is to provide hands-on nutritional education, bring high-quality local foods into public school cafeterias and create and tend to school gardens. Read More

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Taxing Unhealthy Foods

By admin | July 26, 2011

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Photo: epSos.de

BY MATT ESSERT

During a bad economy, people are always looking for ways to cut costs and save money. Saving just a few dollars here and there can add up and help the consumer’s bottom line. Read More

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