Eating Local & Organic » real food It's time to take back our food, medicine and farms! Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:59:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi’s Basic Hummus Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:25:25 +0000 Laura Try this amazingly smooth hummus from Food52. There’s a very simple trick to getting your hummus so that it’s as smooth as what you might buy in the store.

But that stuff in the tubs — as healthy and quick and easy as it may be — is never going to be as good as the real thing. The real thing is rich and sultry and alive. It is tumbling over with nutty tahini and pricks of lemon and garlic and salt. It tugs at you so hard you want to drink it, not pop it open as a sensible snack. — Food52′s Senior Editor Kristen Miglore.

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Photo: Food52. Ultra-smooth hummus from the book: Jerusalem.

Get the recipe here and never go back to store-bought hummus again.

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Time For a Food Declaration? Sat, 29 Jun 2013 00:35:14 +0000 Laura Are we at a point where most of us want to declare that our food and agriculture should be healthy? That it should be free of chemicals and poison? Food Declaration shows us the journey we’ve been on for the last 100 years or so–our path through food industrialization and factory farming to GMOs, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and food deserts ripe with poverty and diabetes. And how we’ve started to rise out of the morass by embracing the local and real food movements, going to farmers’ markets, starting urban farms and more.

But there’s more to be done yet. Sign the Food Declaration here and be part of the change you seek!

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Dear Monsanto, It’s Me Not You Fri, 24 May 2013 21:35:40 +0000 Laura Dear Monsanto,

I just want to start by saying how much you’ve been in my life over the years but the truth is I’ve met a farmer. His name is Bob and I knew the moment I met him at the farmer’s market that his food was for me. For starters his food doesn’t make my gut ache. I know, I know. You told me my gut would get accustomed to that strange DNA in the GMOs you made, but I just couldn’t get used to it.

When I said I needed some time to think,  it hurt you, especially in your pocket, but you’ll get over it because you have a lot of money. From time to time my mind would drift to you and your GMOs, but I was having so much fun eating local and organic food, meeting other farmers and artisans, visiting local farm stores, and meeting people at the co-op. I thought you were having fun too fighting GMO labeling, keeping to your mantra of “profits first,” and suing farmers.

I’m only telling you this because I don’t want it to be such a shock when you see me at the March Against Monsanto tomorrow. I’m quite taken with this local and organic food movement, Monsanto, and I’ve never been happier! It is understandable of course if you can’t bear to see me there. I know this may be harsh, but I’m way too good for you.

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Image: March Against Monsanto/

I’m sure you still have someone who enjoys your GMO seeds, who likes their food sprayed with your Roundup herbicide–but I’m afraid we have to go our separate ways. I hope this hasn’t ruined your day.

It’s not you, it’s me. I need to be happy and healthy. And I like it the natural way.

Forever, Laura

Source: Adapted from an anonymous Dear John letter on

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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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Food Babe Investigates Chipotle’s Ingredients Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:08:41 +0000 editors After a frustrating attempt to discover the ingredients in Chipotle’s food, Food Babe finally got Chipotle to post their complete list of ingredients on their website. Surprisingly, they initially refused to answer her question about the ingredients in particular menu items and instead asked if she was concerned about a particular ingredient or had a food allergy!


A Food Babe Win – Chipotle Posts Ingredients and Vows To Make Changes

Here’s an excerpt from Food Babe’s investigation that summarizes what she went through.

When I emailed Chipotle asking for the ingredients in certain products they downright refused. They in turn asked if I was concerned about a specific ingredient or had an allergy. Really? Why do I have to be concerned about a specific ingredient or have an allergy to want to know what I am eating and what’s in my food? When I tried to call them, there was no way for me to leave a message or get a person on the phone to answer my questions. Email responses were S-L-O-W. I had to ask very specific questions to get the data I needed to write this – specific questions that most consumers would likely not ask. Thank goodness for the genuinely accommodating employee who shared some of the ingredients with me (behind his Manager’s back) so I could give you the full story.

Read her full story here.

We’re so grateful that Food Babe investigated Chipotle’s ingredients. If she hadn’t, we still might not be able to see the ingredients in their food! Chipotle has since made a significant change by switching to non-GMO sunflower oil instead of soybean oil, which is usually made with GMO soy, for use in their fryers. And they have also said that they are working toward the goal of eliminating GMOs entirely from their food. We do wonder about this statement from their ingredients page:

“Where our food contains currently unavoidable GM ingredients, it is only in the form of corn or soy.”

Only? Sorry, we just don’t understand how GM ingredients are either “unavoidable” or “only … corn or soy.” Most GMOs are corn and soy! And really, what does “unavoidable” mean? You either choose to buy GM ingredients for your business or you choose to source the non-GM version. We think it’s that simple.

Some of the other ingredients they’re trying to eliminate are hydrogenated oils and preservatives used in their tortillas. On their website they talk about how hydrogenated oils extend the shelf life of food. That’s too funny. If the bugs don’t want to eat it, we don’t either. But we have a great suggestion for Chipotle! Make your tortillas fresh at the store? And how about a 100% whole wheat tortilla option? Totally doable, especially with a tortilla press. Not only is it possible to make a whole wheat tortilla, they’re delicious. And while we’re at it how about a lettuce wrap option for those who want a grain-free option?

We’re really glad they’re trying to make changes and we love their commitment to: local, organic, pastured-dairy and responsibly-raised meats. And if it seems like we’re being hard on them, it’s because we truly want a convenient place to go, from time to time, to get REAL flavorful food–that’s fast.

If you agree, share this article with your friends. And if you feel so inclined, be part of the movement and take action by creating a petition for freshly-made tortillas with no hydrogenated oils and preservatives. And another one for a 100% Whole Wheat Tortilla option! If you do start a petition, let us know with a comment and we’ll help you spread the word.

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