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Nourishing The Planet
June 2012: A Personal View on the US Farm Bill
"Nature's Barcode" Tells The Story Of Foods' True Origin
You might want to look a bit closer at what you're eating ...
The Food Standards Agency has an Eatwell website. Food safety and healthy eating with particular focus on the environment and sustainability
25th July 2011: The FSA e-news reports on how the BBC followed front line food safety enforcement staff as they carried out their daily routines. To subscribe to FSA e-news
Tuesday 19th June 2012: now watch the podcast
UK Food Standards Agency Open Board Meeting Central London
Just Food news and features on food matters How far your food has travelled? Food for a Healthy Planet "Food is Better Medicine than Drugs" by Patrick Holford Natural Healing Today and Healthy Recipes European Directives on Good Practices from Farm to Fork This Food Reference web site lists all of the "Food Weeks" across the United States, and some UK Food Festivals too. Food Reference Information and Book Reviews; History, Trivia, Festivals, Cookery Schools and Recipes included
Food Festivals (Paperback)
The British National Fruit Tree Collection is at Brogdale in Kent. Brogdale Apple and Pear Recipe Book
An Apple a Day Melts the Pounds Away
The Canadian Health Food Association.
The Celiac Disease and Gluten Free resources website was founded in 1995. Also see "Agar" in the "Recommended for Tinnitus" sufferers section (below).
EU factsheet on the effects/build-up of dioxins in foods and foodstuffs. A diabetic told us that they had helped a leg ulcer to heal by removing tea bags for their diet. Loose tea was okay. Dioxins are often used in the making of teabags. Healing took 2 to 3 months, but an improvement was noticeable after 10 days.
Pesticide Watch. and
Personally, I find this scary: this is 22 years on ... Post-Chernobyl monitoring reports 2008 published (in 2009)
The International Raw Food Restaurant Directory
(UK)Survey Reveals Lack of Salt Source Knowledge. More than three quarters of 2,000 people (77%) were NOT aware that bread and breakfast cereals are among the daily foods that contribute most salt to our diet. Part of the government's effort to reduce people's salt intake.
Owners of web-enabled phones can check their shopping's salt content.
Ready meals 'healthier' than TV chefs' fare
Environmental Health and Trading Standards Officers enforce Food Safety within the UK. Contact through your local Council, or the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health , or the Institute of Trading Standards. Both websites have the symbol of approval of the Plain English Campaign. Research on national hygiene rating scheme published. Scores on Doors explained. The (US) Food Center, Washington, D.C. Spearheading the Campaign AGAINST Cloned Foods. Excellent information and links
Peak-Oil Prophet James Howard Kunstler on Food, Fuel and Why He Became an Almost Vegan. To use the Search Facilities on AlterNet click the Search Link and add the date, or approximate date and then "+ the subject enquired about".
There are approximately 4 million vegetarians and 0.3 million vegans in the UK, but there was often confusion on food labels, so many found it hard to decide what to buy. The (UK) Foods Standards Agency has a department working on Vegetarian and Vegan Labelling, as well as one on Allergy Labelling Advice.
The above direct link contains a direct link courtesy of the Libraries Trust. This gives residents of the US and Canada access to information through their local library.
An excellent source of information about vegetables: How to use and store them; nutritional information, and a range of recipes. Vegetarian Main Dishes: From Around the World.
(Chunky Cook Book: Supporting Fair Trade). Vegan World Radio can be followed on Twitter.
"Food is Better Medicine than Drugs" by Patrick Holford
What Supplements to Buy?
Feeding America ... from Food Waste
(US) Food Bank Shortages Lead to Innovation
The Campaign for the Abolition of Food Waste is supported by the UK government
London Mayor unveils plans to turn London's food waste into eco-fuel
East London: The Tower Hamlets Food Bank
West London: Chiswick Local Produce: Too many vegetables? Bumper crop of apples or pears? Sell or exchange your local produce locally
The Family Kitchen Garden. Green fingered authors present fruits of their labours in this new book
Chiswick House Kitchen Gardens
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Scientists Warn of Serious Health Consequences if Governments Don't Prioritise Natural Food. as explained on 17th April 2009 at the Total Health 09, Toronto, Canada. The British Nutrition Foundation: a charity that works with academic and research institutes, the food industry, educators and the government to give impartial, scientifically based advice Nutrition Breakdown Feature. Enter a food, food combination or drink into the "Search a Term" box. Use the singular of the word - e.g. USE buffaloberry NOT "buffaloberries". Click "Nutrition Value" and the breakdown is displayed just as it would be on a product label
Nutrition and Nutrition Advisers.
The George Mateljan Foundation is a non-profit organization without commercial influences. Find FREE, unbiased scientific information on nutrient-rich foods Why are Twinkies Cheaper than Carrots? Calorie counting made easy: : trials in restaurants Let US Eat Cake: The Paradox of Scarcity New Scientist, 15th July, 2009: The Calorie Delusion: Why Food Labels Are Wrong
Maya Driscoll a Cordon Bleu cookery consultant volunteers for Home Start, a self-help group that provides support for families, especially those with children under five
(US) Fresh Food Advocates Link Farmers, Doctors and Low-Income Families
Free health and exercise advice from a Guiness Book of Records featured endurance swimmer. Dan "Earthquake" is a volunteer DJ on Walsall Hospital Radio in the Midlands of the UK. Dan believes that no-one is too old, too fat, too thin or too broke to benefit from regular exercise. Dan has collaborated with Dave Gauder who is not a "big" man physically, but is regarded by many as the strongest man who has ever lived!
In 1987 Dave Gauder pulled Concorde 40 feet along the runway at Heathrow Airport, and he has set 24 Guinness World Records, 17 of which have not been contested. By January 2005 Dave Gauder had performed 588 bus pulls, as part of his anti-bullying campaign, He had presented this to over 450,000 children. Dave's philosophy is Never Say Can't Have you already volunteered? Do you want to write about it?
Want to volunteer for a nutrition study? In the UK Human Nutrition Research Centre in Cambridge (the MRC-HNR) is funded by the Medical Research Council, and the trials are NOT for testing medication. You eat a specific food at home.
"Slow Food" is an international organisation
that originated in Italy to protect food heritage and culture, and to encourage an appreciation of enjoying real foods! Slow Food ist eine internationale Organisation, die urspruenglich aus Italien stammt. Sie widmet sich sowohl der Bewahrung von echten, natuerlich hergestellten Nahrungsmitteln als auch dem Schutz der Essenskultur - einfach zur Foerderung und Schaetzung, richtiges Essen zu geniessen.
Just before Christmas 2007, outside the Royal Festival Hall, on the South Bank in London, UK, we came across a truly wonderful Slow Food Christmas Market. Slow Food in London, Ontario, Canada
(US) Hospitals Buy Antibiotic-Free Meat, Citing Drug Resistance Concerns. Chicago Tribune, July 18, 2010 Milk, apple-juice and olive oil amongst most tampered items. Trio sentenced for organics scam in UK. US Plans Spot Tests of Organic Products. New York Times Business section, 19th March, 2010, by William Neuman
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Count Arthur Strong, the BBC Radio 4 comedian, has also joined the Free Range Egg debate!
Demand Full and Accurate Labelling
(UK) Research on "Country of Origin" labelling published.
Organic Valley's CEO George Siemon
Wednesday 29th July, 2009: Apparently Organic Food is no healthier than conventionally produced food a large independent review concluded. This study cost £12m, paid for by the EU and food companies over 4 years. Yet, Professor Leifert of Newcastle-upon-Tyne University in the UK is an expert in organic food, and he felt eating "organic" was equivalent to eating an extra portion of fruit and vegetables every day. The Food Standards did not agree. In the study by Professor Leifert , the main benefits of Organic Food were listed as:
Organic tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions and wheat have 20% to 40% more antioxidants than conventional fruit and vegetables. Organic spinach and cabbage have more minerals.
Organic milk had 60 to 80% more nutrients than conventional milk in the summer, and 50 to 60% more in the winter. fully-organic farm has more vitamin E
Organic cheese can have up to twice as many nutrients as conventional varieties. Calon Wen is a dairy Co-op owned by over 20 farming families from across Wales. It was the first dairy in the UK to achieve the Soil Association Ethical Trade Symbol. Calon Wen is a member of the Wales Co-operative Centre. The Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, IGER, had 1,050-acre world famous Research Centre at Trawsgoed that has been closed due to funding cutbacks. This research unit was the UK's pioneering organic dairy farming operation, and Ty Gwyn was the 235-acre, self-contained, fully-organic farm situated within the Trawsgoed Research Centre , near Aberystwyth, West Wales.
Tuesday 19 September 2006: The FSA reported on studies involving organic milk
Beginning of Organic Farming Research in Denmark
The Science of Imitation Milk!
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The British Association of (Independent) Fair Trade Shops. Trade Justice is an equivalent organization in the US to Fair Trade in the UK
Herbs, in particular the sun-dried organic Turmeric from the KASAM, (Kandhamal Apex Spices Association for Marketing) Tuesday 19 September 2006:, in Bandhgarh, Orissa, India. The "Organic" status of KASAM products are certified by SKAL, the Foundation that oversees the organic status of products sold in the Netherlands and based on EU-Regulation (EEC) nr.2092/91. SKAL, founded in 1985, is overseen by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
In 2003, 2,000 bee-keepers, who worked in NW Zambia, set up a co-operative. Membership is now over 9,000 bee-keepers, and it is planned that others from neighbouring countries in Africa should soon join.
16th February 2010: Sainsburys claim it is the world's largest retailer of Fair Trade products. In the UK almost one in every four pounds spent on Fair Trade is spent at Sainsburys
2013: Walmart will soon turnover 1/3 of all $s spent on food