Eating Local & Organic » factory farm It's time to take back our food, medicine and farms! Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:59:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Food, Inc. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:46:37 +0000 Laura

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. — Hungry For Change

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5 Foods That Make You Feel Stressed Out Thu, 01 Aug 2013 22:14:29 +0000 Laura You might be feeling stressed out and thinking it’s got to be your job, relationship or schedule. But did you know that certain foods can actually cause stress?

Avoid These Foods and Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

In her article for Clean Plates Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh provides some insight from Dr. Mark PitStick, author of Radiant Wellness (endorsed by Deepok Chopra and others), on what happens when we consume these types of foods.

Through 40 years of practice, he’s discovered that certain foods cause his patients stress. The reason: these foods cause the body to work harder, and “that causes us to not handle generalized stress as well,” says Pitstick. “When body and mind are not in balance, that’s when people get stressed out about the little things.”

Kick these 5 stress-causing foods to the curb:

1. Refined sugars.

“Sugar is one of the number-one causes of inflammation,” says Pitstick. “That inflammation is an underlying stressor that can cause both physical and mental symptoms.”

2. Processed conventional wheat.

“Working with tens of thousands of patients, I’ve found a lot of problems with wheat,” says Pitstick. Think: diarrhea, excess gas, abdominal bloating, joint swelling, depression, fatigue and brain fog—all of which make it  hard to handle everyday stressors. If you’re gluten-intolerant, you’ll need to avoid wheat entirely, but Pitstick notes that many of his patients discovered it wasn’t gluten, but conventional wheat that caused problems.

Pitstick recommends trying Ezekiel bread saying sprouted breads are easier on the digestive tract. We also like Angelic Bakehouse sprouted bread; it has a great taste and texture.

3. Unfermented soy. Most soy in the United States is GMO, grown with chemicals and inexpensive. The healthy soy eaten in Asian countries is the fermented type: miso, tempeh, and natto. The problem with unfermented soy is that it contains phytic acid which can interfere with nutrient absorption. Pitstick also recommends sticking with the organic form to avoid the herbicides and pesticides used to grow conventional soy.

4. Factory farmed eggs. Eggs from pastured-chickens, allowed to eat insects and other natural food, have more nutrients than eggs from conventionally-raised chickens, which are raised in crowded and stressful conditions.

Pitstick argues, “how can animals raised in those conditions have healthy eggs?”

5. Factory farmed dairy. Pitstick recommends certified raw milk if it’s legal in your state. Factory farm dairy cows can be fed grain (even GMO), antibiotics and bovine growth hormones. People who drink conventional milk have more mucus, headaches and gastrointestinal issues which keeps them from feeling their best and dealing comfortably with the stresses of life. If you can’t get raw milk, try to find “pasture-raised” or “grass-fed” organic milk. To that we’ll add milk that’s been pasteurized using low-temperature vat pasteurization, which holds the milk at 145 degrees for 30 minutes. This kind of pasteurization doesn’t damage the milk proteins, has more enzymes and better taste. We recommend Kalona all-natural organic milk because they truly do go beyond organic: homogenized, low-temperature pasteurized, GMO-free, and grass-fed.

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So God Made a Factory Farmer Mon, 01 Jul 2013 22:50:20 +0000 Laura This is an awesome spoof from Funny or Die of Dodge Ram’s tribute to agribusiness that aired during the 2013 Super Bowl and featured the late Paul Harvey’s “God Made a Farmer” speech.

Watch the video here.


]]> 0 The Real Cost of a Hamburger Thu, 09 May 2013 20:40:48 +0000 Laura Did you know that the production one 1/4 lb hamburger from a feedlot results in 6 1/2 lbs of greenhouse gases. Yes, factory farmed cows make a whole lot of methane gas–from the GMO corn and soy in their diet.

The Hidden Costs of Mass Producing Beef

In this video from the Center For Investigative Reporting narrator Sarah Terry-Cobo explains why feedlot beef is a major threat to our environment.

This video gives you a whole bunch of reasons to buy beef from your local farmer–and then some. And since grass-fed beef costs more you can eat less, save money, be healthy and reduce methane gas production with one simple act!

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American Meat: A New Documentary from Leave It Better Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:32:40 +0000 Laura As Joel Salatin says in the new solution-based documentary American Meat, it’s time to “know your farmer and just completely opt out of the system”–the factory farm system. American Meat is an important film for our time because it showcases farmers who are committed to raising animals with care, and with respect. Featuring Joel Salatin, and his son Daniel Salatin, Chuck Wirtz and Dr. Fred Kirschenmann the film shows how they’re committed to this philosophy and that not only is it possible to feed the world this way, but it’s also quite profitable.

Yes, it’s time to go back to our roots when it comes to food and discover the joy of eating food from a farmer that you know and trust. Find a local screening or host one yourself at American Meat! You can also buy the documentary DVD and add it to your farm food movie collection.

Share this post with your friends and help spread the word. Who knows? You just might end up hosting a screening for them :) .

Tell us your story! How are you trying to make the change to real farm-raised food?

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