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Holistic Efforts are Making a Dent in Childhood Obesity

  On reducing childhood obesity… When it comes to childhood obesity, it might just take a village. Or that’s the implication of a two-year, community-wide intervention in two low-income Massachusetts towns, Fitchburg and New Bedford, which took place between 2012 and 2014. The effort focused on messages about: reducing screen time and soda consumption, replacing nutrient-poor foods […]

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Urban Gleaning Grows Up

  Home-grown food could be nutritious for the whole community… America’s 42 million home and community gardeners grow an estimated 11 billion pounds more food than they can use. Meanwhile, 87 percent of Americans are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. The good news is the movement of people who harvest that excess home-grown food, known as urban gleaning, […]

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‘Sitia-Style Snails,’ by Joan Haladay

Water is the most elemental ingredient of a Greek meal.  It is life and survival reduced to the contents of a glass.  As Henry Miller wrote in The Colossus of  Maroussi,  “…everywhere I saw the glass of water.  It became obsessional.  I began to think of water as a new thing, a new vital element […]

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Why This Bug in Your Food Shouldn’t Turn Your Stomach

  No need to be concerned about the insects in your strawberry smoothie… Of all the substances on Earth, very few can make rich, soulful red. It’s the red of lipstick and cheek blush, berry-flavored yogurt, juices, imitation crab, and, until the ingredient was dropped in 2012, Starbucks’ strawberry smoothies. The compound that makes this […]

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TIE Poet of the Month: ‘Names for Figs in Northern Morocco’, Dave Snyder

mad, the foreigner, skin, like an almond, with a neck, with a beard, streaked, denuded, somebody equivocal, thin measure of gold, old gold coin, that grows spontaneously. Source: Hmimsa, Y, Y. Aumeeruddy-Thomas, M. Ater. Vernacular Taxonomy, Classification and Varietal Diversity of fig (Ficus carica L.) Among Jbala cultivators in Northern Morocco Human Ecology (2012) 40:301–313. […]

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A Space-Age Food Product Cultivated by the Incas

…Remarkably, centuries before NASA’s quest for ways to feed astronauts in space, the Incas had already found the answer. Their empire ran up and down the spine of the Andes, with a network of roads, terraced farms and breathtaking mountaintop outposts stretching the same distance as Stockholm to Cairo. They needed nourishing foods that traveled […]

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Celery: Why?

This made us laugh a little. But finally, some answers. Celery, the mild-mannered straight man of the vegetable world, packs a puny six calories per stalk and — in my opinion — about as much flavor as a desk lamp. Yet despite its limitations, the fibrous plant has featured in Mediterranean and East Asian civilizations […]

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This Taiwanese Company Makes Clothes Out of Coffee Grounds

This sounds promising. Consider your morning cup of joe. To produce it, only 0.2 percent of the coffee bean was used. The remaining 99.8 percent became coffee grounds and was most likely thrown away, never to be seen again. For the last decade, Taiwanese company Singtex has made a fortune from those grounds, creating fabric […]

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The Full-Fat Paradox: Dairy Fat Linked To Lower Diabetes Risk

If you melt at the creaminess of full-fat yogurt, read on. A new study finds the dairy fats found in milk, yogurt and cheese may help protect against Type 2 diabetes…   We think that’s enough to keep you reading. From The Salt.

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Rwanda Tries To Persuade Its Citizens To Drink The Coffee They Grow

Rwanda… wants to increase the domestic market – mostly by tapping into the expendable cash of Rwanda’s growing middle class. Gerardine Mukeshimana, minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, says the future of coffee is both domestic and international, largely due to the instability of prices in international markets. “You don’t want to be in a […]

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