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  • Students post gross school lunch pictures using #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag

    11/21/2014 5:54:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 21, 2014
    Let’s face it: school lunches are not exactly culinary masterpieces. But some fed-up students have been sharing some down-right disgusting-looking meals using the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama on social media. It’s not a new thing. These posts have been around when school started up in August. But as students get ready for the year’s biggest food holiday, the trend is picking up steam. …
  • Insects: The food of the future ( The UN wants us to eat bugs)

    11/23/2014 10:11:53 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 53 replies
    universitypost.dk ^ | 15/5-13 | universitypost.dk
    Bugs reduce pollution, increase nutrition, and should seriously be considered as a food source: This is according to a UN report with University of Copenhagen contribitions by Victor Yakimov What is nutritious, delicious, and has six legs? If we could collectively get over our disgust at the six legged critters, insects could become a staple of the human diet, along with fish, and other kinds of meat, a new UN report argues. The Food and Agriculture organisation FAO hailed members of the insect world as an under-utilised resource, in the report which was released this Monday. By 2050, world population...
  • Rise in Crop Production increasing levels of Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere

    11/21/2014 7:51:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Maine News ^ | 11/21/2014 | Betty Laseter
    Scientists have revealed that levels of carbon dioxide increase in the Northern Hemisphere during summers each year as plants absorb carbon dioxide to convert sunlight into food. The CO2 levels again rise as the plants release CO2 after the growing season. Scientists have found that corn, rice, wheat and soybean are the four leading crops that account for maximum CO2 release in the atmosphere of Northern Hemisphere. Crops act as sponge for CO2 and it could be said that the sponge effect has become bigger because of the advancements in agricultural techniques, leading to more production. There is a sharp...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD, VOLUME 47, NOVEMBER 21, 2014

    11/21/2014 12:57:52 PM PST · by greeneyes · 38 replies
    free republic | November 21, 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...
  • Nampa biology teacher slaughters rabbit in class, school officials say (Idaho)

    11/15/2014 9:51:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | November 13, 2014 | Bill Roberts
    A Columbia High School biology teacher killed and slaughtered a rabbit in front of 16 sophomores to show them how livestock is processed into food, Allison Westfall, the Nampa School District spokeswoman, said Thursday. The matter has been turned over to the district’s human resources department, Westfall said. She would not speculate on what might happen to the teacher because it is a personnel matter. She said she didn’t have the name of the teacher. The teacher expressed remorse for his action in class on Monday, Westfall told the Idaho Statesman. “That is not part of the biology curriculum,” she...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 46 NOVEMBER 14, 2014

    11/14/2014 5:42:16 PM PST · by greeneyes · 110 replies
    freerepublic | November 14, 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...
  • Feds Spent $10 Million on a Video Game About Escaping a Fat Town

    11/13/2014 7:39:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government has invested over $10 million developing and promoting a video game about a young teen that must escape a town full of fat people, as a method to fight obesity.The National Institutes of Health (NIH) paid for the development of two video games that promote healthier eating, including “Escape from Diab,” a “nightmare” fictional city where people are only allowed to eat junk food.“The story centers around five children who must get healthy enough to escape the evil King Etes,” explains Archimage, Inc., a computer game company that received $9,091,409 to develop the games. King Etes is...
  • Packed lunches 'have poorer nutritional quality' than school lunches

    11/08/2014 3:05:27 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 85 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | November 08, 2014 | Honor Whiteman
    Many parents prefer to send their children off to school with a packed lunch, believing that the food they have given them is far healthier than school lunches. But a new study, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, claims this may not be the case. The research team, led by Alisha R. Farris of the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Exercise at Virginia Tech, found that school lunches had better average nutritional quality than packed lunches. "We found that both packed and school lunches almost entirely met nutrition standards, except school lunches were below energy and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 45 NOV 7,2014

    11/07/2014 12:43:48 PM PST · by greeneyes · 79 replies
    FREE REPUBLIC | NOV 7, 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...
  • Decoding the restaurant menu: Words to avoid for healthful eating

    11/05/2014 6:32:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    Special to CNN ^ | Ronda Elsenbrook,
    Restaurant Code Words: Crunchy, tempura, battered, crispy, breaded, crusted, golden, sizzling If you're making a healthy choice, you're probably not purposely choosing a fried food item. Look for words like crunchy, battered, crispy, breaded, crusted, golden, tempura; some of these options are a double-whammy on your caloric intake because the item is fried with an additional carb-based coating. ... Restaurant Code Words: Teriyaki, BBQ, glazed, sticky, honey-dipped Powdered doughnuts may be self-explanatory on a menu, but options labeled as Teriyaki, BBQ, glazed, sticky or honey-dipped could also be high in added sugars. It is wise to ask if sauces of...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 44, OCTOBER 31, 2014

    10/31/2014 1:30:48 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 68 replies
    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...
  • 2014 Veterans Day Free Meals

    10/30/2014 2:10:35 PM PDT · by PeteePie · 19 replies
    Military Benefits. info ^ | 2014 | Military Benefits
    2014 Veterans Day Free Meals, Discounts, Sales and Deals Read more: http://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/#ixzz3HfEEMUVw
  • Free the Food: In Michigan, You Can Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries but not ... Strawberries

    10/30/2014 12:00:00 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/27/2014 | Michael Van Beek
    “Aunt Karen, your homemade salsa is so good. You should bottle it and sell it!” You’ve probably said something similar to a relative, friend or neighbor. And this is how many food companies get started – a recipe of homemade hard work, a pinch of encouragement and a healthy dose of risk-taking. But in Michigan, it is harder for some food entrepreneurs to get started than others, as the state regulates this so-called cottage food industry in a seemingly arbitrary way. State law does exempt anyone who sells less than $20,000 worth of homemade food from the mountains of regulations,...
  • White Vegan couple Cooks Up Controversy With 'Thug Kitchen' Cookbook

    10/27/2014 2:19:58 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Tribune News Service ^ | 10/24/2014 | Blanca Torres
    <p>Seattle this week to discuss their vegan recipes and America’s relationship with food.</p> <p>The cover of the controversial vegan cookbook, “Thug Kitchen.”</p> <p>They packed their suitcases only to learn Monday they were uninvited.</p> <p>Book Larder, a culinary-themed bookstore in Fremont, decided to cancel a book signing scheduled for Wednesday night over concerns that critics would take over the event.</p>
  • Venezuela seizes warehouses packed with medical goods, food

    10/26/2014 8:31:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Andrew Cawthorne
    President Nicolas Maduro's government said on Thursday it had taken over warehouses around Venezuela crammed with medical goods and food that "bourgeois criminals" were hoarding for speculation and contraband. The socialist government says businessmen and wealthy opponents are trying to sabotage the economy to bring Maduro down, while also seeking to make profits from hoarding, price-gouging and smuggling across the border to Colombia. Critics say 15 years of failed policies of state intervention are to blame for the OPEC nation's widespread shortages, high inflation and apparently recessionary economy. They accuse nouveau riche officials and military officers of illegal business practices....
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 43 OCT. 24 2014

    10/24/2014 12:39:47 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 51 replies
    freerepublic | Oct 24 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...
  • What happens when you feed "food experts" McDonalds?

    10/22/2014 5:18:01 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 86 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-22-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Here's what "food experts" have to say when they taste McDonalds under the pretense that it's organic food. (my favorite is the woman who says it tastes "more pure") Pretentious BS. I've thought this about so-called "foodies" for a long time now.It's food. Sure, there's good food and bad food, but we're in a bad place when people try to over-intellectualize it the way the people above and all of these chef reality shows do. We're basically treating food the same way we do abstract art now (half the time fancy restaurants even serve plates that look like it)If you...
  • Retail Checkout Promotes Obesity: CSPI Report

    10/18/2014 5:55:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    90 Percent of Checkout Food Options Unhealthy; 60 Percent of Drink Options Sugar-Sweetened A study of checkout aisles at a wide variety of supermarket and non-food retailers found that 90 percent of food options for sale were for candy, energy bars, chips, cookies, and other junk foods, and 60 percent of the beverage options were for soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Researchers at the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public characterized only eight percent of food items as "healthier," and just two percent of foods as actually "healthy," such as nuts and fruit. Their assessment of drinks for sale...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 42 OCT. 17, 2014

    10/17/2014 12:32:51 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 68 replies
    Free Republic | 10/17/2014 | 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...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Oct. 10, 2014

    10/10/2014 6:01:53 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 60 replies
    Free Republic | 10/10/2014 | greeneyes
    The weekly gardening thread........
  • Students, stomachs grumble over Michelle O’s menu

    10/08/2014 10:10:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | 10-08-2014 | Kyle Olson
    BURLEY, Idaho – Burley High School has seen a 25 percent decrease in participation since changes to the National School Lunch Program went into effect. Michelle Obama hand on student 337x244Those students now “bring sack lunches, dash off campus for fast food or skip the meal altogether,” according to the Times-News. “It was not edible. It was a greasy little hot pocket,” parent Steve Wells says. “When we were little, everything at school was homemade.” The school lunch “doesn’t taste as good,” student Ana Inzunza tells the paper. “It’s missing flavor and tastes plain.” “There are a lot of challenges,”...
  • School Meal Costs Expected to Triple in Fiscal Year 2015

    10/05/2014 7:18:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 4, 2014 | William Bigelow
    Local school districts around the country are going to take a huge financial hit in fiscal year 2015 because the cost of the school lunches they offer is expected to triple. The combination of escalating costs because of harsher restrictions and the dwindling number of students enrolled in the program, which limits reimbursements from the federal government, are going to rigger the enormous rise in costs, according to the School Nutrition Association (SNA). SNA is comprised of 55,000 school nutrition professionals around the country. SNA CEO Patricia Montague said, "School nutrition professionals have led the way in promoting improved diets...
  • How saving West African forests might have prevented the Ebola epidemic

    10/04/2014 3:00:45 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 03 October 2014 | JA Ginsburg
    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa may have surprised most of the medical establishment – this is the first such outbreak in the region – but the risk had been steadily rising for at least a decade. The risk had grown so high, in fact, that this outbreak was almost inevitable and very possibly predictable. All that was needed was to see the danger was a bat’s eye view of the region. Once blanketed with forests, West Africa has been skinned alive over the last decade. Guinea’s rainforests have been reduced by 80%, while Liberia has sold logging rights to...
  • weekly garden thread volume 40 october 36, 2014

    10/03/2014 12:33:33 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 114 replies
    Free Republic | Oct. 3, 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...
  • I Don’t Want to Marry a Man Who Will Feed Our Kid McDonald’s

    10/02/2014 8:29:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 1, 2014 | Sandria M. Washington
    Ideas. Am I cursing my future children to a life of being social outcasts because mommy wants to feed them green smoothies? Right now, there are at least a handful of people who I KNOW will never babysit my imaginary, yet-to-be born child. As far as they’re concerned, my baby will be more under wraps than “Blanket” Jackson was. Yes, I want nothing more than to have a full stock of potential babysitters, but sometimes these people—my friends—say things that make me get the Scooby Doo face. “Your kids ain’t gon have any friends!” “I’m going to feed your kids...
  • Today is National Homemade Cookie Day. Do you have a favorite Cookie? (with or without gluten)

    10/01/2014 1:21:36 PM PDT · by lee martell · 38 replies
    Oct. 1, 2014 | lee martell
    Today is National Cookie Day. Most everyone has a favorite cookie, some are homemade and other Combo-Cookies can only be made by well oiled machines. I enjoy some of everything once in a while. There are Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Sugar with White Confectioner's Powder on top, Fudge, Caramel Nut, and an entire constellation of Oatmeal recipies, some with raisins and nuts, some plain. One of my favorites is anything using that thin flaky dough found in Baklava recipies. I think that dough is called Phyllo. This is a lightweight flavor vehicle that can ride down either Sweet Street...
  • USDA offers $31.5M for healthier food stamp diet

    09/30/2014 12:39:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 29, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    A division of the Agriculture Department is making $31.5 million in funding available to help people on food stamps obtain healthier foods. The department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making the funding available to help those enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which offers nutrition assistance to millions of low-income Americans. "Too many struggling families do not have adequate access to nutritious food," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday as he announced the new funding. "Helping families purchase more fresh produce is clearly good for families' health, helps contribute to lower health costs for the country,...
  • Tiger Woods to open his first restaurant at Jupiter’s Harbourside Place

    09/30/2014 11:28:11 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 45 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 9-30-14 | Kristen Clark
    JUPITER — Pro golfer Tiger Woods will open his first restaurant and sports bar at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, project officials announced today. Woods, a resident of Jupiter Island, is the latest tenant revealed for the $150 million entertainment complex on the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1. Stores will begin to open next month and continue to open through November. A grand opening is planned for December, said Nick Mastroianni II, the developer of the project
  • Keys To Ebola Containment

    09/28/2014 1:41:44 PM PDT · by Patriot777 · 91 replies
    FoxNews.com, The Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2014 | vanity
    Ebola clinics fill up as death toll hits 3,000: CDC issues dire predictions on Ebola: Doctors are in short supply and countries are scrambling to find more resources for the Ebola outbreak, as the death toll from the virus hit 3,000. According to a Wall Street Journal report Sunday, the World Health Organization said 3,091 people have died of confirmed, suspected or probable cases of Ebola. Even as countries try to marshal more resources, those needs threaten to become much greater, and possibly even insurmountable. "The situation on the ground is just disastrous," said Dr. Heinz Feldmann, chief of virology...
  • NO Quiero Taco Bell: Fast food employees list 14 items off the menu they would NEVER try and...

    09/28/2014 12:57:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 129 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/28/14 | Alexandra Klausner
    THE WORST 14 FAST FOODS ACCORDING TO EMPLOYEES 1. Anything from McDonald's McCafe 2. Ballpark hotdogs 3. Steak and beans at Taco Bell 4. Wendy's chili 5. Anything off the Starbuck's secret menu 6. Movie popcorn 7. Panera pasta 8. McDonald's chicken nuggets 9. Beans at Taco Johns 10. BBQ sandwiches at KFC 11. Quesarito at Chipotle 12. Eggs at Einsteins Bagel's 13. Gas station slurpees 14. Dunkin Donuts' doughnuts
  • Don’t Burn Food for Fuel – As Seen on National Geographic

    09/27/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 26, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    At the risk of inviting all the usual charges of being politically incorrect, I once again put before you the strange practice of burning food for fuel. The video at the bottom of the post details some of the human costs associated with the increasing use of corn, grains, and other crops for fuel.There is a tendency for environmentalists of our time to think very narrowly about their issues. It is a praiseworthy thing to seek to reduce pollutants and other things that have negative environmental impacts. The Catechism summons us to good stewardship of the earth, the environment, and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 39, SEPT. 26,2014

    09/26/2014 12:43:51 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 99 replies
    Free Republic | Sept. 26, 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...
  • Upsetting the coffee cart: Federal regulations limit curriculum along with choices

    09/25/2014 7:52:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Marietta Daily Journal ^ | September 14, 2014 | Hilary Butschek
    MARIETTA — Federal food regulations going into effect this school year are affecting certain teachers’ lesson plans as well as the lunchroom menu. Limits on the calorie counts of foods that may be sold to students have interfered with the special education and culinary arts programs at Marietta High School, said Principal Leigh Colburn. The special education students sold coffee and food such as muffins to teachers and students every morning last year, but Colburn said the calorie counts of those items fall outside the new regulations because they’re more than 200 calories, which is the limit for a snack...
  • Seattle Passes Laws to Keep Residents From Wasting Food

    09/24/2014 4:39:55 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 100 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/24/14
    The City of Seattle just passed a new trash ordinance that would fine residents and businesses for throwing away too much food.
  • Russians Just Bought America’s Most Beloved Crappy Beer

    09/22/2014 6:51:25 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 117 replies
    munchies.vice.com ^ | 9/22/14 | Hilary Polack
    WatchSections Russians Just Bought America’s Most Beloved Crappy Beer Written by HILARY POLLACK September 19, 2014 / 4:15 pm Say goodbye to Pabst Blue Ribbon’s status as our nation’s most iconic cheap beer. For the past 170 years, Pabst Blue Ribbon has been a staple in the diets of American college students, starving artists, and broke drunks. And it’s likely to maintain that status for years to come—but it will now be in the hands of Russians....
  • weekly garden thread volume 38 sept. 19, 2014

    09/19/2014 12:39:42 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 95 replies
    Free Republic | Sept. 19, 2014 | greeneyes
    he 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...
  • Missouri, Alabama schools drop Michelle O’s lunch program

    09/17/2014 9:06:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | Victor Skinner
    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – New federal school food regulations promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama are becoming a massive headache for many schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. And many, like Missouri’s Notre Dame Regional and Saxony Lutheran high schools, are taking matters into their own hands. Those schools and numerous others across the country are ditching the federal regulations and the funding that comes with them to save their cafeteria programs, which have experienced a nose-dive in sales and skyrocketing waste since the new rules were implemented in 2012. At Notre Dame, school officials turned to...
  • I have been in Europe for 5 months now and unlike the US, you can buy food everywhere!

    09/15/2014 11:03:32 AM PDT · by not2be4gotten.com · 90 replies
    Today | Me
    One thing that is really cool about Europe and has been ruined in the US, is the ability to buy food from the common people on the street. Many are the actual farmers them selves. And we have many wonderful conversations with these remarkable people. I remember going out to Southern California as a pre-teen and experiencing all the different little grocery stands that were there in the late 60's. When I returned there in 2010, there where NO independent produce/fruit stands. It took me a while to figure out why this happened, I was stumped for a long time....
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 37 SEPT. 12, 2014

    09/12/2014 12:29:15 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 94 replies
    Free Republic | 9/12/2014 | greeneyes
    he 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...
  • McDonald's Is Quietly Copying Chipotle's Strategy ("Customization")

    09/12/2014 12:06:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Trove ^ | September 6, 2014 | Ashley Lutz, Business Insider
    McDonald's just expanded a test for burgers that are 100% customizable. The brand hopes the strategy, which is currently in four restaurants in San Diego, California, could help attract a younger crowd and revive lagging sales. Many analysts believe that the customization will soon become widespread at McDonald's and allow it to better compete with fast-casual competitors like Chipotle. Chipotle is largely successful because the ingredients for its burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads are entirely selected by customers, who increasingly crave tailored options and high-quality ingredients. Dominique Zamora at Foodbeast tried out the process, which also has elements of fast-casual...
  • Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko Promises More Autonomy for East

    09/10/2014 5:37:43 AM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 10, 2014 | James Marson And Olga Razumovskaya
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday offered greater autonomy to regions in the rebel-held east, but insisted they would have to stay part of Ukraine. The rebels stood by their demand for full independence. The proposal is the first time Mr. Poroshenko has directly said what he is willing to give up under a peace deal signed last week that included a cease-fire but left open the question of control over separatist-held territory.
  • Could taxing packaged foods reduce obesity?

    09/07/2014 3:57:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 87 replies
    FOX News ^ | September 5, 2014 | Christopher Wanjek
    If most foods created by the food industry are unhealthy, why not place a stiff tax on all of them and use the revenue to subsidize healthier food? This bold proposal, from Boston-area researchers, appears as commentary in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The researchers from Tufts University, Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital wrote that their plan would surely meet strong opposition from both the food and restaurant industries but that it could help people make meaningful dietary changes and substantially reduce health care costs. At issue is the higher cost of...
  • Hot Honey: How Two Companies Are Vying to Make the Next Great Condiment

    09/07/2014 12:08:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 9/4 | Sierra Tishgart
    <p>When Mike Kurtz, a 32-year-old Brooklyn resident, was traveling in Brazil several years ago, he stumbled upon a tiny pizzeria and found chile-infused honey on each table.</p>
  • weekly garden thread

    09/05/2014 12:05:45 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 137 replies
    Free Republic | Sept 5, 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...
  • The Food Gap Is Widening (Rich People Eating Better, Poor People Eating Worse)

    09/02/2014 2:08:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 145 replies
    Atlantic ^ | September 2 ,2014 | James Hamblin
    Nutritional disparities between America’s rich and poor are growing, despite efforts to provide higher-quality food to people who most need it. So says a large study just released from the Harvard School of Public Health that examined eating habits of 29,124 Americans over the past decade. Diet quality has improved among people of high socioeconomic status but deteriorated among those at the other end of the spectrum. The gap between the two groups doubled between 2000 and 2010. That will be costly for everyone. The primary conclusion of the study is interesting, though, in that its focus is diet quality...
  • Discarded Children Still Bring in Subsidy Checks for the Adoptive Parents Who Tossed Them Aside

    09/02/2014 12:03:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Nick Nehamas
    Hundreds of adoptive parents in New York City who've sent their children to live elsewhere continue to get monthly government subsidies of up to $1,700 per child. They can continue receiving the checks until the child turns 21 years old.They gave up on their “hard-to-place" adopted kids — but not on the government check intended for the discarded kids’ care. Hundreds of adoptive parents across the five boroughs who've sent their children to live elsewhere are continuing to pull in monthly checks of up to $1,700 per child while the city, state and feds look the other way, the Daily...
  • Big Labor: Eat only 'union-made' for Labor Day BBQ

    09/01/2014 10:01:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | September 1, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Labor Day is no time for a non-union barbecue, says the nation’s labor movement. To help the shoppers, Big Labor has issued a list of union-made food and drinks that should be served at the backyard feast today. “Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer holiday season. While the day honors the hardworking men and women who make this nation go and grow, the weekend also gives us a chance for one more big backyard barbecue blowout. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start,” said the AFL-CIO. They forwarded the...
  • "High protein diet linked to spiked cancer risk akin to smoking 20 cigarettes a day: U.S. study"

    09/01/2014 4:30:03 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 115 replies
    National Post ^ | Mar. 5, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Eating too much protein could be as dangerous as smoking for middle-aged people, a study has found. Research which tracked thousands of adults for nearly 20 years found that those who eat a diet rich in animal protein are four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet. The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer from smoking 20 cigarettes each day. Previous studies have shown a link between cancer and red meat, but it is the first time research has measured the risk of death associated with regularly eating too...
  • 49ers, Giants Respond to Alleged Dog Beating Video

    08/30/2014 7:19:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Aug 29, 2014
    The San Francisco Giants and 49ers both said Thursday they are "disturbed" by allegations that the CEO of the company that provides concessions to AT&T Park and Levi's Stadium was caught on video kicking and abusing his dog. Media reports have circulated surveillance video of a man identified as Centerplate CEO Desmond Hague kicking a frightened puppy and choking it with its leash in a Vancouver elevator last month. The Connecticut-based company handles food and beverage sales at numerous entertainment venues, including for the Giants and 49ers. Its Board of Directors said in a statement that it has censured Hague,...
  • Burrito Fanatic Eats 250 Burritos in Two Years, Still Loses Illegal Pete's Eating Contest

    08/30/2014 5:47:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Westword ^ | Isa Jones
    Coloradans love burritos; both Chipotle and Illegal Pete's started their burrito empires here for good reason. But few people love them like Michael Odbert, burrito enthusiast, amateur burrito photographer -- he chronicles his love affair on an Instagram account dedicated to his burrito-filled meals -- and occasional competitive eater. Last night, for the second year running, he entered the Riot Fest burrito-eating contest hosted by Illegal Pete's. See also: 100 Favorite Dishes: Chile Relleno Burrito at El Taco de Mexico The first thing 24-year-old Odbert said when we contacted him this morning is that he had just eaten a breakfast...