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☞Trans fats backlash pushes U.S. butter consumption to a 40-year-high☜

review by: theradicalfoodie

A growing nutrition critique of trans fats has pushed butter consumption in the US to a 40-year high. Americans today are said to consume about 5.6 pounds of butter per capita per year, a 25% increase from last decade alone. This return to use of butter in food is likely connected to rising skepticism surround margarine and butter spreads, which are high in trans fats and often contain synthetic ingredients.

Though contempt for margarine and buttery spreads is hardly reprehensible, does it provide enough reason to fully re-embrace an enthusiastic return to butter? Butter is, after all, still extremely high in saturated fats, which have been linked to heart disease.

Furthermore, animal agriculture is one of the major contributors to some of the most worrying environmental problems of our times such as land degradation and air and water pollution. The creation of butter alone is about 15x as water intensive as the production of vegetable crops and 5x as water intensive as fruits. Butter production is even more water intensive than the production of other animal products such as milk, eggs, and chicken meat. What does it meant to increase butter consumption by 25% and in effect increase arguably inefficient resource allocation?

Possibly most important to consider is the ethical facets of the love for butter. Cows in the dairy industry are often abused, malnourished, and kept out of daylight. Even the dairy cows that live “free range” lives are often taken advantage of despite of the cheery agrarian scenes painted on their product labels. That being said, butter and butter products (such as ghee) have also played extremely important parts in many of our cultural pasts. Should we allow our cultural pasts to be overridden in the name of economics, ethics, and the environment? Should we allow our damnation of margarine to turn back into the love of butter?


Up above the Brooklyn Kitchen, thousands of cars pass by each day on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, exposed to endless billboards for corporate causes: fast food, chain stores, entertainment, phone plans, and more.  Brooklyn Kitchen counters it all with a simple message that everyone should abide by, for both their own health and for the environment: EAT REAL FOOD.

Photo taken July, 2012

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(Source: otterbeautyorganics)


When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce.

You look for reasons it is not doing well.

It may need [organic] fertilizer, or more water, or less sun.

You never blame the lettuce.

Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person.

But if we know how to take care of them, they will
grow well, like the lettuce. 
Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument.

That is my experience.
No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.
If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can 
love, and the situation will change.

Thich Nhat Hanh (via smallandtinyhomeideas)


Save Seeds: 7 Reasons Why and Dozens of Tips How

Saving seeds can help gardeners save money, grow better crops and become more self-reliant. Learn all about saving vegetable seeds.

By Roberta Bailey

Photo By Dwight Kuhn

(Source: facebook.com, via natureisthegreatestartist)


my friend andy in savannah, ga prints these shirts and sells ‘em on etsy. at the georgia organics conference in february I traded him one of his shirts for one that I designed and we printed at davis farms and I’m wearing it today! support young farmers!


Rooftop Farm in New York City Grows 50,000 Pounds of Organic Produce Per Year
On a concrete roof, totaling 2.5 acres, Brooklyn Grange Farm produces more than 50,000 pounds of organically-grown vegetables each year. Permaculture researcher Geoff Lawton provides a couple impressions after a recent visit.
READ MORE on EcoWatchhttp://ecowatch.com/2014/01/04/rooftop-farm-new-york-city-organic-produce


Just picked.

☞The People at Whole Foods☜



After a $10 million loan to local farmers proved successful, Whole Foods Market announced on January 2 that it will give up to $25 million in low-interest funds to farmers who support their non-GMO, earth-friendly values.

The grocery store chain, which was recently named “America’s…