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On March 23, Alexandria, VA became the second city in the nation— and the first in a major metropolitan area— to pass a Green Foods Resolution. Farm Sanctuary has launched a groundbreaking national campaign to introduce Green Foods Resolutions in cities and towns throughout the country.
A Green Foods Resolution is a city or town council resolution designed to counteract the health threats and massive environmental damage caused by animal agriculture by calling on citizens to eat lower on the food chain. Animal product consumption is a leading contributor to heart disease, stroke and certain forms of cancer, and animal agriculture has been cited by the United Nations, World Watch Institute and a host of leading environmental experts — including Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, 2008 Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — as being among the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Healthy Food Alexandria supports the creation of a citywide, citizen-led initiative to increase residents’ access to locally grown, environmentally sustainable foods by increasing public awareness; encouraging the development of citizen-initiated community gardens and expanded access to farmers’ markets; and supporting healthy food choices, especially those involving locally produced food.
The initiative would also work to:
“We congratulate the Alexandria City Council for taking much needed steps to protect the health of their citizens and reduce the environmental devastation caused by industrial animal agriculture,” said Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. “With the evidence that has emerged in recent years on the link between our food choices and the degradation of the environment, people are finally waking up to the fact that green living isn’t just about what kind of car you drive or the type of light-bulbs you use, it’s also about what’s at the end of your fork. Our so-called cheap food comes at a steep cost to the environment and to our health.”
The NY Times has a great recipe for Black Bean Soup. Did you know Black Beans contain anthocyanins, the phytonutrients found in blue and dark red foods (such as blueberries, red grapes, and red cabbage) that are being studied for their antioxidant properties? Here's the Black Bean Soup With Cumin and Tomatoes Recipe, courtesy of Martha Rose Shulman.
Last weekend's SF International Chocolate Salon visit yielded new Chocolate Entrepreneurs: Confections by Kay Dillon and Nicobella Organics.
Confections by Kay Dillon features a 'Vegan Do Anything! line with eight delicious vegan truffles of creamy ganache made with Belgian chocolate and coconut milk infusions, and vegan caramels made with coconut milk and Celtic Sea Salt and dipped in semisweet chocolate. The Walnut Caramel with chocolate and toasted, chopped walnuts was Amazing!
Nichole Dandrea started Nicobella Organics, and features a variety pack of vegan organic dark truffles, including walnut flaxseed crunch, sunflower banana butter, pumpkin chai, blueberry almond, ginger green tea, and pure cocoa bliss. I highly recommend the Pure Cocoa Bliss!
Recently, I've been writing about food, genes, and cancer. See my posts on: Epigenics, Nutrigenomics, and Prevention and Natural Foods.
Here's a new article on how green leafy vegetables may prevent cancer.
Specifically, the article and study mentions people who eat more leafy green vegetables have less risky DNA. The “better” or less risky DNA has less methylation in certain genes. Here’s how the proposed model works: More Vegetables → Less DNA Methylation → Lower Risk of Lung Cancer. This can be expressed in an opposite model: Less Vegetables → More DNA Methylation → Higher Risk of Lung Cancer. More information is here.
The NRDC recognized that Food is an important part of the environmental equation by sponsoring last year's Growing Green Awards. I have more good news to share with you. The NRDC and Garrison Institute now recommend less meat and dairy consumption and more consumption of plant-based foods. You can read the full article here.
The public library has installed gardens outside its Mission and Noe Valley branches with plans for more, and is leading classes for teens on how to cultivate them.
Per Mayor Gavin Newsom, "Urban agriculture is about far more than growing vegetables on an empty lot...It's about revitalizing and transforming unused public spaces, connecting city residents with their neighborhoods in a new way and promoting healthier eating and living for everyone."
Astrid Haryati, the Mayor's greening director, said the food grown on city property will either be given at low or no cost to neighbors or distributed to local farmers' markets. But she noted there's a benefit beyond healthful food: a more beautiful landscape. "It's not only about feeding mouths," she said. "It's about feeding the soul and feeding the pride of San Francisco urban dwellers."
Read the full article here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/03/23/BA4V1CJP4C.DTL
I've been a fan of Field Roast Loaves for many years since I bought them to share during a Thanksgiving celebration. I'm happy to report that the Field Roast Loaves also come in several other flavors: Lentil Sage, Wild Mushroom, and Smoked Tomato. Field Roast also has Sausages that come in Italian, Smoked Apple Sage, and Mexican Chipotle. Are you hungry yet? I must say that once you try these, you'll be impressed.
If you're looking for recipes, the Field Roast website lists several options to try including: Smoked Tomato Pesto Skewers, Linguini with Sausage Bolognese, Grilled Classic Meatloaf Sandwich. Enjoy!
Check out this recent NY Times Post where the FDA is looking more closely at food company claims, specifically by releasing 17 warning letters to food manufacturers.
A new Greenpeace report: 'How Nestle’s Use of Palm Oil is Having a Devastating Impact on Rainforest, the Climate and Orangutans” shows how Nestle’s growing use of palm oil is linked to companies involved in the destruction of forests and peatlands in the Paradise Forest region of Southeast Asia. Please take a look at the article and send your own message to Nestle.
You know I'm a fan of planting trees since I partnered with MokuGift to plant a tree for each attendee at the Green Software Unconference I co-founded. Here's another opportunity where YOU can plant a tree and enjoy some delicious chocolate. Original Beans' Cru Virunga is the first-ever single-source chocolate from the heart of Africa: the Congo. It's 70% cocoa, and the Ingredients are directly-traded cacao beans, sugar, and cacao butte.For every Original Beans bar you purchase, Original Beans will plant a tree in the region of the bean's origin to replenish and protect the areas where the cacao beans thrive. Each bar comes with a Tracking Number, and you can enter that Number on the Original Beans website to track the conservation efforts at your bar's forest of origin. Original Beans allies directly with the farmers to create positive change and preserve our precious natural environment. Their 20-step chocolate making process - from tree planting to final bar - allows them to reveal the beans finest flavors.
I asked Phillip Kauffmann, the co-founder of Original Beans, some additional questions about the Congo project. Per Phillip:
"We started a public-private partnership to organize a substantial reforestation effort and build a sustainable cocoa sector among ten thousand farmers, mainly around the Northern end of Virunga National Park. The Gorilla habitat is in the South of Virunga. It is threatened by migration and charcoal trade out of the park and by developing a sustainable smallholder cocoa industry, coupled with explicit replanting work, we expect to slow these trends. We also expect to play a crucial role in supporting th post-war development of this society. Already, we can see that farmers are returning to their land, which they fled from into the cities during the war.....To date, more than 1 million trees have been planted, cocoa and shade/wood trees. We are also integrating forest conservation criteria into the internal control system of our organic certification, and we will, this year for the first time in the cocoa world, measure the net positive climate contribution of sustainable small farming to demonstrate that smallholders need not be among the worst carbon polluters in the world (through slash and burn practices)."
"If you're attending the March 20 San Francisco Chocolate Festival, you will be able to try Original Beans Chocolate in person: Drexelius Chocolates will be hosting Original Beans at Booth 33.
Here's an added Bonus: You can use promo code to receive 20% off your product purchase at http://drexeliuschocolates.com
Photo Credit: NKU by Seth Affoumado
I'm really excited to share this NKU Alumni Going Green Article with you about the work I'm doing to help our Planet, and it also features Gratitude Gourmet.
Thank you to all my Gratitude Gourmet readers and supporters throughout this Journey! Let's keep working to make this Planet a better place!
World Water Day is coming up this month, and there will be a showing of Tapped-The Movie March 20 in Sunnyvale. You may remember my interview with the Producer. If you haven't seen the movie yet, I highly recommend it.
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A March Prevention article on 'The Case for Natural Foods' is my recommended read for Gratitude Gourmet readers. It mentions a study by Dean Ornish, M.D. and his colleagues where they assigned men with Prostate Cancer to a "clean living" intervention that included a wholesome, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and stress management. As a result, these men with Prostate Cancer "demonstrated a marked reduction in the activity of genes that can promote prostate cancer growth and a significant increase in the genes that are able to control it". The article is here.
Petition Secretary Vilsack to stand up for organic family farmers and reject approval of GMO alfalfa by signing this Petition.
Additional references are here:
1. Farmers Sue USDA Over Modified Alfalfa Crop
2. Roundup Ready® Alfalfa Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website
3. USDA stance on GM alfalfa threatens “fabric of organic industry”, The Organic & Non-GMO Report, February, 2010