I’m a huge fan of Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, among other fantastic vegan cookbooks. Today in her blog she posted a photo from flickr user Deirdre Jean that really made my day.
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Posted in Environment, Food, The Stuff of Life, vegan, tagged community supported agriculture, CSA, farmer's market, Food, fruit, herbicide, local harvest, organic, pesticide, songbirds, vegetables on April 3, 2008| 3 Comments »
It’s almost CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) season! I just re-subscribed to the CSA I joined last year and am looking forward to the local, organic food that will be delivered weekly for distribution to my nearby synogogue. It’s important to eat local and organic food for a variety of reasons including reduced carbon emissions from transport, reduced packaging waste, reduced/eliminated herbicide and pesticide application to the land and exposure to your body, and supporting your local economy. There was a great article in the New York Times last week called Did Your Shopping List Kill a Songbird? about the effect of imported fruits and vegetables on songbird populations. Here’s an excerpt:
Migratory birds, modern-day canaries in the coal mine, reveal an environmental problem hidden to consumers. Testing by the United States Food and Drug Administration shows that fruits and vegetables imported from Latin America are three times as likely to violate Environmental Protection Agency standards for pesticide residues as the same foods grown in the United States. Some but not all pesticide residues can be removed by washing or peeling produce, but tests by the Centers for Disease Control show that most Americans carry traces of pesticides in their blood. American consumers can discourage this poisoning by avoiding foods that are bad for the environment, bad for farmers in Latin America and, in the worst cases, bad for their own families.
If you want to find a CSA, farmer’s market, or other source of local, organic food, check out Local Harvest, a website that lets you search by city or zip code along with a lot more information about the local/slow food movement. Enjoy your fruits and veggies!
Trying to Connect the Dinner Plate to Climate Change
By CLAUDIA H. DEUTSCH
Published: August 29, 2007
EVER since “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore has been the darling of environmentalists, but that movie hardly endeared him to the animal rights folks. According to them, the most inconvenient truth of all is that raising animals for meat contributes more to global warming than all the sport utility vehicles combined. (read more)
I’m a bit conflicted about this campaign. I think PETA could get the message across about the environmental impacts of global meat production without attacking Al Gore. This isn’t the first time they’ve alienated me (I quit PETA years ago when they attacked The Nature Conservancy for killing feral goats on a preserve in Hawaii).
If you’re still looking for books to round out your summer reading list and you like reading about food, the New York Times has a condensed review of a bunch of food books (many focused on ethical eating choices and the carbon footprint of your dininer) – Eating the Environment: A Literary Kitchen Cornucopia. The reviews include:
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee
A Moveable Feast: Ten Millennia of Food Globalization by Kenneth F. Kiple
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
How to Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table by Russ Parsons
The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink edited by Andrew F. Smith
Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon
The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy by Sasha Issenberg
The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket by Trevor Corson
Marks & Spencer, the British department-store chain, recently started putting a new symbol on its packaged foods. The store already labels its food with the country of origin and often the name of the farmer. But shoppers who buy strawberries and beans, for example, now see a white airplane on a black circle with the words “air-freighted.” This means that the food in question was transported by airplane, leaving a big carbon footprint in the sky. In other words, go ahead and eat the beans, but you have been warned.