An Evening with Michael Pollan

by Genesis Valdes Going to the grocery store can be quite a challenge. You have so many products to choose from and they all  have these claims of less fat, no GMOs, organic, etc. The real question is what should I eat? For food journalist, author, and activist, Michael Pollan, the answer is quite clear: eat real food….

It’s What You Do With It

A healthy body is a good thing to strive for. That is pretty much the focus of nutrition: we want the highest quality of the chemicals our bodies need, and in the right proportions, so that they can build a better, higher quality body. Some important chemicals our bodies need are: –       Dihydrogen monoxide (to…

Investing in Our Children, Investing in Our Future

This summer, I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Israel and the Middle East. While there, I was able to observe many cultures and religions. I saw all their differences: family, food, entertainment, values, priorities, etc. However, in the midst of all these differences, I noticed one constant in the Human Spirit: Every people…

Cuckoo for Coconuts?

Readers, I don’t know about you, but I often feel borderline bombarded by news of the latest miracle food. We seem to have new “it” foods almost every week. I hadn’t heard of chia seeds or flax seeds until Dr. Oz named them as must-eat foods, but  after I did a little research, figured they…

Meet the Local Food Leaders

The idea of “being a Food Leader” can be a bit abstract and confusing. It is definitely different from being a Food Entrepreneur, which is a leader who takes the initiative to create something that does not currently exist in their society. Being a Food Leader is more diverse, it is something everyone can be.

For Those Concerned About Eating Right: Where Can You?

If you are reading this blog, you most likely have done some research into the issues that currently plague the American food system. A person who starts with a concern over the chemical fertilizers and pesticides that our foods are grown with, might then learn of the hormones and antibiotics given to the animals we…

Soy: Not Fit for a Boy?

Much of my food-related writing is pretty light-hearted and very sarcastic, but be warned that this article is going to be pretty weighty and personal. Enjoy! No pictures, unfortunately. It is a treat that you get to learn about what a “foodie” eats when not on the job, so I am providing a little snippet…

Agriculture and Global Food Procurement

Upon arriving in Germany, I received many helpful tips and recommendations. Among these was the warning, “if you are concerned with the quality of your food, buy fruits, vegetables, and meat produced within Germany.” In Germany, most food products are marked with the country of origin. Whether buying Gurken (cucumbers) from Spain, Soy Sauce from…

Reverence and Love

In December I had the opportunity to attend a talk given by Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson. Though the discussion covered many topics, it was essentially about humanity’s place and influence on the natural world and how our need to control it is doing us more harm than good. Agriculture may be the biggest culprit….

Kitchen Pimpin’ Obesity

The Lonestar State has the highest percentage of overweight adult males at 75.5%, only second to Alabama’s 75.9%. There are plenty of attempts to educate the population on how to eat — nutritional charts and dietary recommendations, for instance — but these are not solutions. The majority of us know that we need to consume…

GMOverdramatic

Its a common axiom among some people interested in food that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a bad idea. This sentiment ranges in intensity from those who think organic food is simply more nutritious to people who believe GMOs are destined to destroy the human race. Much like Brittany’s post about local food, I think…

Waste Not Want Not: Lessons from My Grandparents

 A typical Mexican Jewish meal with my family This Thanksgiving I reflected on the hundreds of times I have gathered around my grandparents’ dining room table.  I thought of the all the meals we had prepared and eaten together, the homework assignments tackled, and the hot cups of coffee enjoyed while sharing stories of the…