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  • Politician Reported for Selling 'Negro Ball'

    07/26/2014 11:11:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Local - Sweden ^ | 26 Jul 2014
    UPDATED: The Afro-Swedish national association has reported Swedish politician Eva Sidekrans to the police for selling chocolate balls labelled as "old fashioned unprejudiced negro ball" saying it incites racial hatred. She has since apologized. Business woman and Moderate party politician Eva Sidekrans sparked controversy by selling the items with the label which was widely picked up by social media. "We have this morning lodged a police notification against her for a hate crime against an ethnic group," Zakaria Zouhir, chairperson of the Afro-Swedish national association told the TT news agency. Zouhir added that there is, at present, no discrimination law...
  • The Fantastic Four – 4 Essential Wild Edible Plants That May Just Save Your Life

    07/26/2014 10:24:00 AM PDT · by blam · 52 replies
    Tactical Intelligence ^ | 7-26-2014 | oovgroov
    July 26-2014 by oovgroov Did you realize that knowing just 4 wild edible plants could one day save your life? If there were any four categories of plants that I would recommend all people to know how to use and identify it would be these: Grass, Oak, Pine, and Cattail. For the knowledgeable survivor, knowing just these four plants can make the difference between life and death if stranded in the wilds – for each one is an excellent food source which can sustain you until help arrives. Throughout this week and part of the next, I’ll be going into...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread

    07/25/2014 6:40:01 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 5 replies
    7/25/2014 | ApplegaeRanch forGreeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • How and Why the CPI Was Destroyed as an Accurate Measure of Price Inflation

    07/25/2014 3:11:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    EPJ - Shadowstats ^ | July 23, 2014 | John Williams
    In the early-1990s, political Washington moved to change the nature of the CPI. The contention was that the CPI overstated inflation (it did not allow substitution of less-expensive hamburger for more-expensive steak). Both sides of the aisle and the financial media touted the benefits of a “more-accurate” CPI, one that would allow the substitution of goods and services. The plan was to reduce cost of living adjustments for government payments to Social Security recipients, etc. The cuts in reported inflation were an effort to reduce the federal deficit without anyone in Congress having to do the politically impossible: to vote...
  • China meat scandal spreads to Japan in Chicken McNuggets

    07/22/2014 11:21:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Shanghai (AFP) - A scandal involving expired meat sold by a China unit of US food supplier OSI Group spread to Japan Tuesday, as McDonald's confirmed that the now shut factory provided Chicken McNuggets to its restaurants. Shanghai authorities on Sunday shut an OSI plant -- a supplier to McDonald's and KFC in China -- for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product, re-labelling expired goods and other quality problems following an investigative report by a local television station. A Tokyo-based spokesman for McDonald's Japan told AFP the restaurant chain had sourced about 20 percent of its McNuggets from the Shanghai...
  • Price hikes coming for Chipotle, Dunkin' Donuts and The Cheesecake Factory

    07/22/2014 8:54:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | Jul 21, 2014 | Amie Winters
    <p>Fast food fans, we've got some bad news. Wholesale prices on a bunch of your favorite food products have seen sharp increases this year. Among those, beef and avocados are through the roof, hitting burrito-makers doubly hard.</p> <p>Because of huge price increases for beef and avocados, Chipotle is raising menu prices for the first time in three years. It's a reality that a lot of restaurants are facing due to rising food prices.</p>
  • McDonald’s, KFC face new food scandal after workers serve food off floor

    07/21/2014 1:16:57 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 49 replies
    NYPost ^ | July 21, 2014 | Reuters
    McDonald’s Corp. and Yum Brands Inc. are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast food giants’ efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets. McDonald’s and KFC-parent Yum apologized to customers on Monday after Chinese regulators shut a local meat supplier following a TV report that showed workers picking up meat from a factory floor, as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat. The firms said they’ll stop using the supplier. The report, which focused on McDonald’s and Yum,...
  • Golden Rice: GMO "Super Gruel" for the Masses

    07/19/2014 6:58:29 AM PDT · by Renfield · 101 replies
    Land Destroyer ^ | 7-16-2014
    July 16, 2014 (LocalOrg) - Corporate biotechnology monopolies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, and others have met increasing resistance to their attempts to patent and control global agriculture. They have spent untold fortunes attempting to sway the public but to no avail. Local, organic agriculture is growing in popularity and proliferating across all social-strata. The introduction of technology to automate and augment organic farming is making it as competitive and accessible or more so than the capital-intensive models of monopoly employed by big-ag. In response, big-ag has attempted several distasteful public relation stunts, including "super bananas for Africa" and "Golden Rice" to allegedly...
  • Eat More Bacon

    07/18/2014 2:30:37 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 39 replies
    07/18/14 | Almost Famous FReeper
    Eating chicken is swell. But, bacon....mmm....bacon...Here is a hot picture of a bacon model... Eat More Bacon
  • Nanny State Targets Grocery Stores

    07/18/2014 1:09:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    After having made her mark on school lunches, you know, replacing mac n’ cheese for quinoa salad thereby leaving kids across the nation hungry and unhappy, first lady Michelle Obama is moving on to bigger and better things, it seems. Via The Washington Free Beacon: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop. The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables. The group...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 29 July 18, 2014

    07/18/2014 12:31:17 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 120 replies
    Free Republic | 7/18/2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Yes, they ate Locust. A Review of Some the Common Foods at the Time of Jesus

    07/17/2014 4:58:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 17, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Generally speaking, the Israelites of Christ’s time were frugal eaters. Frankly until about 100 years ago, frugality in eating was more imposed than chosen. The food was more scarce and less convenient than today. It’s availability was seasonable, and all the elements needed to be made from scratch, including hauling in the water from wells etc.Bread was the essential, basic food. So basic was it that in Hebrew “to eat bread” and “to have a meal” in the same thing. Bread was treated with great respect and many rules existed to preserve that reverence. Any crumbs of over the size...
  • If This Keeps Up, They Will Have To Start Putting Armed Guards On Food Trucks

    07/16/2014 5:24:54 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies
    TEC ^ | 7-16-2014 | Michael Snyder
    By Michael Snyder July 16th, 2014 The basic necessities in life just keep getting more expensive. On Tuesday, Hershey announced that the price of all of their chocolate bars is going to go up by about 8 percent. That is particularly distressing to me, because I am known to love chocolate. But if it was just chocolate that was becoming significantly more expensive perhaps that would be okay. Last month, it was coffee. J.M. Smucker, one of the largest coffee producers in the United States, announced that it planned to raise coffee prices by about 9 percent. And Starbucks has...
  • Mrs. Obama Declares War on Chick-fil-A

    07/16/2014 2:11:01 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    townhall ^ | 7/15/14 | Todd Starnes
    The First Lady of these United States has declared war on Chick-fil-A. It seems the home of plump juicy breasts and hot buttered buns has run afoul of the new Smart Snacks in School program. The program is a component of Mrs. Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
  • Weekly Garden Thread, Volume 28 July 11, 2014

    07/11/2014 2:15:53 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 144 replies
    Free Republic | July 11, 2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • 10 Companies That Control Almost Everything We Eat

    07/09/2014 3:52:31 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7-9-14 | Hayley Peterson
    The graphic focuses on 10 of the world's most powerful food and beverage companies: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever, Danone, Mars, Mondelez International, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nestle, and Associated British Foods. Oxfam calls these companies the Big 10 and keeps a scorecard on their environmental impact on a website devoted to the nonprofit's "Behind the Brands" campaign. The campaign aims to make the companies more environmentally and socially conscious. According to one of Oxfam's most recent reports, the Big 10 emitted 263.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 and if the companies were a nation, it would be the 25th...
  • Louisiana Gives Away $1.3 Million in Food Stamps to Dead People

    07/09/2014 2:59:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/08/14
    Louisiana spent about $1.3 million on food stamps for people who were already dead between 2009 and 2013, the Times-Picayune reports. A report issued by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor Monday revealed the government waste: In all, state benefits went out to 3,938 deceased people over the four-year period examined by the auditor. The Louisiana auditor only reviewed records concerning single people who had died. The total amount of money spent on food stamps for single people in Louisiana during this time was $1.08 billion. Much of the money — $556,000 — was spent on people who had been dead for...
  • Sandwich Monday: The Deep-Fried Grilled Cheese

    07/07/2014 12:57:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | July 07, 2014 | Ian Chillag
    Improving the classics is not an easy task. I, for one, have for years been trying to add a kickstand to my burritos to make them stand upright, but the technical challenges prove insurmountable. Big & Littles in Chicago has done better with its update to the grilled cheese, however: It battered and deep-fried it. Robert: All I need is a bowl of deep-fried tomato soup and it's a complete meal. Miles: It's beer-battered, so everyone be prepared for me to call in sick tomorrow with a grilled-cheese hangover. Peter: It's breaded bread, and it's delicious. Why not go for...
  • Having a Laugh About Gluten

    07/06/2014 8:45:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 205 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    It all started while we were on vacation and watched a video on the Daily Caller from the Jimmy Kimmel show. Jimmy likes to continue a tradition of the “Man on the Street” interviews started by the original late night guy – Steve Allen. This time Jimmy was on a mission to show that anti-gluten is fueled mainly by ignorance. Four saps were lured into telling the world that they would never let gluten touch their lips or enter their body. Then when asked to describe what gluten is they were left on the clown pile of life helplessly babbling....
  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014

    07/04/2014 12:43:46 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 185 replies
    Free Republic | July 4, 2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Finally: Burger King’s Whopper comes out as gay

    07/03/2014 10:05:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 2, 2014 | Allahpundit
    We McDonald’s fans always suspected (the campiness of “the King” was a dead giveaway) and now, at long last, confirmation. Good for you, Whopper. Be who you are. Good call by Ace too in remembering the SNL “Schmitt’s Gay” joke ad from the Farley/Sandler era. American politics has been mostly a function of identity politics for awhile now. It’s past time for American fast food to follow suit. Besides, there’s already a “straight burger,” isn’t there? A Twitter buddy, seizing on the idea of “identity” burgers, floated the idea of an atheist burger. To which Andy Levy replied: Allahpundit @allahpundit...
  • Are you grilling this 4th of July? Share some recipes, rubs, sides...

    07/03/2014 6:01:00 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 86 replies
    one man's opinion...
    The 4th of July three-day weekend starts tomorrow. For many Americans, especially our fellow FReepers.. it'll be a well needed respite from the real world. Many will hit the beach, or a ball game, see a parade, watch fireworks. For a lot of us...it means grilling...cooking meat the way it was intended to be cooked, OUTDOORS..with lots of awesome sides. So, if that's in your plans ( or even if you're just thinking about it) feel free to share ideas, recipes, rubs..
  • How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

    07/02/2014 4:44:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | July 02, 2014 | Allison Aubrey
    The idea that eating cocoa-rich, dark chocolate may offer greater health benefits than milk chocolate is not new. Cocoa is loaded with compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to help our bodies fend off inflammation and maybe even improve our moods. And now a small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association offers evidence of another possible benefit: improving vascular health by increasing blood flow. Researchers studied patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which affects about 20 percent of adults older than 70 in the U.S. and other Western countries. People who have PAD can...
  • Paiute Deadfall Trap

    07/01/2014 1:30:42 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 58 replies
    Wildwood Survival ^ | timeless | not specified
    Paiute Deadfall Trap The Paiute is a very quick trigger mechanism. It is also fairly easy to set. Unlike the Figure-4 trigger, it uses cordage. Examine the photos carefully and you will get an idea of how this trigger works. The bait is placed on a long thin horizontal bait stick. This bait stick is held at both ends by friction. When the bait stick is moved, it slips off of the short trigger stick that the cordage is tied to (wrapped around the vertical stick). This allows the weight to fall. Be careful to place the deadfall so that...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 26 JUNE 27, 2014

    06/27/2014 12:49:59 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 242 replies
    Free Republic | 6/27/2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • 3D-printing with Nutella is what dreams are made of

    06/27/2014 6:55:40 AM PDT · by null and void · 9 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 06/19/2014 | Breezy Smoak
    3D-printing add-on for printing food [video at source] An added feature for Structure 3D-printing has been developed allowing for Nutella-connoisseurs to fulfill their cravings and wildest chocolate-laden dreams. This add-on will enable 3D-printing of edible paste filaments, specifically useful when adding cool designs to delicious treats. Discov3ry’s 3D-printer compatible extruder device connects to your printing apparatus and is capable of printing a variety of food like cookie dough, melted chocolate, meringue, fondant, icing, and Nutella. You can also print inedible objects like wood filler, silicone, polyurethane, ceramics, clay, and conductive paint if needed. Working with virtually any 3D-printer, the process...
  • Obesity-related disease trigger found, says UCSD team

    06/24/2014 10:50:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | June 13, 2014 | Bradley J. Fikes
    Obesity-related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome are triggered by a lack of oxygen in adipose cells, according to a study led by UC San Diego researchers. An excess of fatty acids causes an increase in oxygen consumption, which outstrips the supply, triggering hypoxia, the study found. This leads to inflammation in the adipose cells, which in turn leads to insulin resistance, obesity and related diseases. And that's the short version. The full chain of events is even more complicated. The study, performed in mice, points to possible therapies in people, said researchers led by Dr. Jerrold...
  • At School, Turning Good Food Into Perfectly Good Compost

    06/23/2014 5:32:11 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 22, 2014 | Al Baker
    One by one, the children at Public School 30 on Staten Island dumped their uneaten bananas into a bin in the back of their raucous cafeteria, each greenish-yellow missile landing with a thud. Thud. Thud. John Sullivan, 9, a fourth grader, said bananas “make my stomach hurt.” Julianna Delloso, 6, a first grader, said “they taste funny.” And Joseph Incardone, 7, also in first grade, was almost gleeful as he explained why he, too, had chucked his unpeeled banana. “I didn’t like it,” he said. The sad voyage of fruits and vegetables from lunch lady to landfill has frustrated parents,...
  • Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison

    06/22/2014 6:59:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 21, 2014 | Daniel Genis
    When it comes to food, convicts are ingenious. Dried pasta and canned goods are prepared with nothing more than a pair of nail clippers.In prison, food takes on a significance that’s nearly unimaginable in the outside world. Sometimes it’s a scarce resource that confers power; everywhere it’s a status symbol and a form of currency. Cooking behind bars, was one of the few kinds of freedom us convicts could enjoy. On the flip side, food symbolizes a rigid social order. It doesn’t matter what kinds of friends you had on the outside, in lockup you don’t eat with other races....
  • Summer Caution: Beware of Shawarma

    06/21/2014 2:02:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, June 20, 2014
    Saudi health authorities have warned the public about eating shawarma during summer, saying it could cause food poisoning. The health ministry said high summer temperatures give rise to bacteria in food prepared outdoors, including shawarma and buffet meals. “Utmost care should be taken when eating such types of food as they could cause poisoning due to the hot weather which causes bacterial growth in the food,” the ministry said on its website, according to Ajel newspaper. It said shawarma and other food sold outdoors are also vulnerable to dust and pollutants during summer more than in other seasons.
  • Woman Eats for 100 People Every Day… Weighs Only 48kg (100lbs)

    06/21/2014 11:36:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    South Korea’s current fetish with ‘watching people eat’, or ‘dinner porn’ as the crazy is now known has uncovered a new star. The dinner porn craze involves no sex of course, but simply watching other people eat – online, on TV, wherever. According to a report on asiaone.com, quoting Elite Daily, Tae Ryun Huh is the new and emerging Korean sensation. No just because she eats, but because of how much she eats. And then this amazing fact – the school worker weighs 48kg. Tae Ryun Huh invited TV cameras to watch her eat and the South Korean show discovered...
  • Inflation? Only If You Look At Food, Water, Gas, Electricity And Everything Else

    06/20/2014 8:49:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 72 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Have you noticed that prices are going up rapidly? If so, you are certainly not alone. But Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, the Obama administration and the mainstream media would have us believe that inflation is completely under control and exactly where it should be. Perhaps if the highly manipulated numbers that they quote us were real, everything would be fine. But of course the way that the inflation rate is calculated has been changed more than 20 times since the 1970s, and at this point it bears so little relation to reality that it is essentially meaningless. Anyone that...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 24 June 20, 2014

    06/20/2014 12:30:26 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 227 replies
    Free Republic | June 20, 2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Cooking clean

    06/19/2014 6:57:51 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | June 19, 2014 | Anthony Man
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz is best known as a member of Congress and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Now, she's become the clean cooking congresswoman. "I've really gone through this lifestyle change. I'm not a vegan or anything you could label. But I really started caring about what I put in my body," she said in an interview. "And so the easiest way for me to keep track of it is to cook for myself."
  • Michelle Obama: Moms Can’t Figure Out What to Feed Their Kids Unless Schools Do It For Them

    06/18/2014 9:30:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/17/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s just so confusing. Do you feed your kids bologna sandwiches or pieces of wet cardboard? Can you give them PlayDoh on a dead mackerel?Modern grads of Ivy League colleges don’t have the time to figure all this stuff out. That’s why there are government bureaucrats who tell schools what to feed kids so they don’t die of cardboard overdose.And there’s Michelle Obama who spends more time obsessed with what your kids eat than most major food conglomerates. In an interview with MSN.com, First Lady Michelle Obama explained she used to struggle to feed her kids right—even though she received...
  • Price of Electricity Hit Record for May

    06/17/2014 12:04:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The electricity price index and the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity both hit records for May, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average price for a KWH hit 13.6 cents during the month, up about 3.8 percent from 13.1 cents in May 2013. The seasonally adjusted electricity price index rose from 201.431 in May 2013 to 208.655 in May 2014—an increase of about 3.6 percent. ... Per capita production of electricity in the United States peaked in 2007. Since then it has generally been on downward trend. In 2013, the U.S....
  • Price Index for Meats, Poultry, Fish & Eggs Rockets to All-Time High [Obamanomics!]

    06/17/2014 11:25:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    cns news ^ | 6/17/14 | Ali Meyer
    The seasonally-adjusted price index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs hit an all-time high in May, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In January 1967, when the BLS started tracking this measure, the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs was 38.1. As of last May, it was 234.572. By this January, it hit 240.006. By April, it hit 249.362. And, in May, it climbed to a record 252.832.
  • Findus Italy Produces First Gay-Friendly Advert

    06/17/2014 11:09:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Jun 2014
    The Italian unit of the frozen food company, Findus, has produced what is thought to be the first TV commercial in Italy that touches on the subject of homosexuality. Thousands join Rome's Gay Pride march (08 Jun 14) Ten months after the chairman of the Italian pasta giant, Barilla, said during an interview that the company would never feature gay people in its adverts, Findus Italia has produced a commercial in which a man is seen “coming out” to his mother over a meal. The advert below features Luca, who hosts a dinner party for his mum at the home...
  • Return of 'pink slime': Customers flock back to controversial meat 2 years after sales plunged

    06/16/2014 4:50:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | June 16, 2014 | Bryan Keogh
    The leftover beef trimmings derisively known as 'pink slime' is making a comeback two years after a series of graphic news broadcasts devastated sales. Two of the largest makers of the ground beef product are reporting a rebound in customers thanks in part to rising prices of its higher-quality counterparts. Average ground beef prices have jumped 10 per cent this year to an all-time high of $3.808 per pound in April, according to the Bureau of Labor. Cargill Inc's sales of finely textured beef have tripled since March 2012, and the agriculture company now has about 400 customers for the...
  • JOHNSON: Obesity ‘epidemic’: It’s no big, fat deal

    06/15/2014 7:34:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Drew Johnson
    A British medical journal announced a finding last month that might be the best news in the history of the world: Nearly one out of three people in the world is overweight. Members of the media responded to this thrilling discovery by lamenting the globe’s growing waistline. Pundits rushed to condemn widespread access to inexpensive food. Everyone seemed so excited to attack obesity that no one noticed the report’s incredible story of human achievement and hope. Throughout history, malnutrition and hunger-related health issues have killed more people than any other cause. Over the course of the past half-century, however, the...
  • Cook Your Lunch on The Asphalt: An Interesting, yet Disturbing Reality (Global Warming Menu)

    06/15/2014 11:28:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    BizEpic ^ | 6/12/14 | Ivan Widjaya
    There is no better way to grab attention by launching a marketing campaign that involves interaction with people, done in public places. This is exactly what WWF Paraguay is doing. In order to raise awareness on global warming issues, WWF Paraguay launches Global Warming Menu – an on-the-road event featuring cooking for lunch – done on the asphalt. What? Yes, you heard that right. WWF Paraguay team cooks meals on the asphalt and serve them. They look nice. No stove required. It’s an interesting event in itself… but the big question is – why? Paraguay is one of the hottest...
  • Like Coke? This Congresswoman Has A Plan To Make Sure You Never Drink It Again

    06/13/2014 11:11:51 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 78 replies
    WesternJournalism.Com ^ | June 13, 2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    There seems to be a competition among those who occupy the far-left wing of the Democrat Party to see whose ideas can inflict the most damage to the American principle of individual liberty. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the systematic attack on nutritional freedom. In much the same way cigarettes have been demonized throughout recent decades, certain foods – specifically sugary drinks – are now seen as the scourge of humanity by many radical leftists. With Michelle Obama’s strict nutritional guidelines for public schools, proposals to ban sodas of a certain size, and California’s recent law mandating...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 24 June 13, 2014

    06/13/2014 12:33:35 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 156 replies
    Free Republic | 6/13/2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • 7 Reasons You Should Be Troubled by the FDA’s Cheese-Aging Regulations

    06/11/2014 6:12:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    It's been a weird few days for people who love good cheese, particularly wheels of American farmstead cheese aged on wooden boards: Last week, it seemed as if the FDA had moved to ban aging cheese on wood, a practice almost as old as coagulated dairy itself and the production aspect that turns Comté into, well, Comté. New York's Department of Agriculture got curious as to why the agency had all of a sudden cited several producers for doing something New York and practically every other state permit, so the FDA replied it was simply enforcing long-standing policy, not doing...
  • Inside a Chinese Cockroach Farm

    06/10/2014 11:01:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Malcolm Moore
    The correct way to eat a cockroach, at least in this corner of northern China, is to fry it not once but twice in a wok of smoking hot oil. The cockroach, whose innards resemble cottage cheese, has an earthy taste, with a slight twinge of ammonia. But they have become popular in China not for their taste, but for their medicinal benefits. "They really are a miracle drug," said Liu Yusheng, a professor at the Shandong Agricultural university and the head of Shandong province's Insect Association. "They can cure a number of ailments and they work much faster than...
  • The breakfast wars

    06/07/2014 2:29:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    QSRWeb.com ^ | June 6, 2014 | Ed Zimmerman
    Up and down the foodservice spectrum, breakfast is heating up. Here are some recent developments: •Taco Bell introduced a breakfast menu trading on ubiquitous locations and a massive promo of the Waffle Taco. The Bell blitzed social media and took direct aim at rival McDonald’s, including an ad campaign making fun of Ronald the clown. •McDonald’s countered with an offer for free morning cup of McCafe and started promoting its McGriddle pancake wrapped breakfast sandwich. •Not to be forgotten, runner up, Burger King took a different approach, and announced it would serve burgers as well as breakfast fare each morning....
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 23 June 6, 2014

    06/06/2014 12:39:39 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 252 replies
    Free Republic | June 6, 2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Welcome to the Future: Feasting on Scorpions, Grasshoppers

    06/06/2014 11:54:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Arab News ^ | Friday 6 June 2014
    Does it ‘bug’ you?: Worm and cricket lollipops are displayed during a global ‘Pestaurant’ event sponsored by Ehrlich Pest Control at the Occidental Restaurant in Washington, DC.Though slightly uncertain, Erin Kolski pronounced the unusual fare on her plate — a burger made from ground-up grasshoppers — to be surprisingly tasty. “It’s a little crunchy. It tastes fine,” Kolski said, sounding somewhat surprised as she favorably appraised the dish at Washington’s Occidental Restaurant, a popular establishment a stone’s throw from the White House. Hers was one of many such plates served up Wednesday by chef Rodney Scruggs, who helped organize an...
  • Approach to soda, to be patterned after tobacco

    06/06/2014 2:21:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    techsonia.com ^ | 6/6/14 | Janella
    Upon a declaration of a “war” against the product, advocates against the consumption of soda state that it should also include in its labels the risks for developing diseases such as obesity and diabetes. By doing so, they will be using an approach quite similar to the tobacco’s.
  • DHHS Launches Mobile App Using Personalized Messages, Gaming to Encourage Healthy Behavior at Work

    06/05/2014 12:51:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Market Wire ^ | June 4, 2014 | Tom Gable and Emily Forgeron
    San Diego-based Total Communicator Solutions Inc., a leader in mobile brand management, announced today the use of the Gimbal™ context aware and proximity platform integrated with its Spark Compass platform in a pioneering research project in workplace wellness. The project, named Project Boundary , has been conceptualized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) IDEA Lab and the Office of the National Coordinator. It is a research project undertaken in the spirit of exploring new concepts and ideas in workplace wellness that will benefit the American workplace, and to spark further innovation in this space. “Our project is...