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Delish – Consumer Reports Finds 22% of Fish Purchased is Mislabeled Consumer Reports other findings as per the article:

Why would they do that? Well, Red Snapper commands a higher price, as does King and Sockeye Salmon, typically. And since Red Snapper is a fish found predominantly in the Gulf of Mexico (and already overfished), you can bet that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill there in 2010 did plenty to further decimate stocks of real Red Snapper. Bottom line, find a fish source you trust to provide you with what they are actually charging you for.

It’s fall and that means pumpkin! I love cooking with pumpkin and other winter squashes. So I have a special celebrity guest chef to bring you three easy, fresh pumpkin recipes. Enjoy!

Until the past year, I was never much of a yogurt fan. I had some texture issues with yogurt. Then I discovered Greek yogurt, which has quickly become a favorite of mine. And good news, along with tasting incredible, it’s a great souce of probiotics. Greek yogurt is characteristically sour like all yogurt, but due to a process of straining, it’s thicker, somewhere between yogurt and a soft cheese.

1 (32 ounce) container plain Greek yogurt 1/2 cucumber with peel, grated 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp lemon zest 3 tbsp fresh dill, chopped 1 tbsp salt 1 tbsp black pepper

Just put the ingredients together and mix, then use it with some lamb or chicken for a simple dinner. Thin it a touch and you have a flavorful, fresh salad dressing.

My girlfriend isn’t a fan of sour cream, so using Greek yogurt as a replacement is pretty appealing for us. I’d rather make my own more flavorful mayonnaise though.

“Do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;” “Do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;” “Do not have a fundamental right to board their cow at the farm of a farmer;” “Do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice;” and Cannot enter into private contracts “outside the scope of the State’s police power.”

Basically, the government holds the power to tell you what you can and can’t eat. Well, that ought to pretty well solidfy whose side the government is on, but to make it even better, Mr. Fiedler quit his job as a judge to go work for the law firm that defends Monsanto.

The government is regularly eroding our rights, the choice of what food to eat being what I’d consider one of the most fundamental of “inalienable rights”. And, if you have been watching, you’ve seen the USDA get stacked with biotech-friendly former industry insiders, which is only further working hard to stack the food system against small farmers and consumers.

The Star Phoenix – Study debunks myths on organic farms The results are in from a 30-year side-by-side trial of conventional and organic farming methods at Pennsylvania’s Rodale Institute.

In fact, studies like the Rodale trials show that after a three-year transition period, organic yields equalled conventional yields. What is more, the study showed organic crops were more resilient. Organic corn yields were 31 per cent higher than conventional in years of drought.

These drought yields are remarkable when compared to genetically modified (GM) “drought tolerant” varieties, which showed increases of only 6.7 per cent to 13.3 per cent over conventional (non-drought resistant) varieties.

There’s some interesting facts about the differences in energy consumption and soil run-off in the article too. I suppose that pretty soundly defeats the thinking that we have to endure toxic chemicals because organic can’t feed the world.

NY Times – Is Junk Food Really Cheaper? – Graphic showing three different meals THE “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. … In general, despite extensive government subsidies, hyperprocessed food remains more expensive than food cooked at home.

Food Renegade – Agricultural Subsidies Linked To Obesity Everyone who comments on the obesity epidemic… Read more…

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