Test-Tube Meat

Test-Tube Meat

Feb 21

First Synthetic Test Tube Meat Due Out This Fall The idea of eating meat grown in a lab is admittedly unappetizing. For many, this is an unfortunate step beyond the genetically mutated animals currently waiting to be approved for use in retail foods. But for me, it’s a welcome alternative to our current industrial meat system. Test tube meat may not be so far-fetched, according to the above...

Meatless Monday!

Meatless Monday!

Feb 12

Can you give up meat just one day a week? Why not try this great vegetarian recipe that still fills you up and won’t make you miss that bland piece of chicken you were going to make.   Monterey Farms Mushroom Loaf by Dandelion CommuniTEA Café Serves 4 to 6 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 4 cloves minced garlic 2 cups chopped cremini mushrooms 3/4 cup chopped cashews 3/4...

Crushing Meat Myths?

Crushing Meat Myths?

Feb 12

As a weak reaction to the recent documentary Food, Inc., it seems the meat industry has launched a couple of web initiatives, SafeFoodInc.com and MeatMythCrushers.com. As a natural devil’s advocate, I like seeing and researching both sides, so I was excited to see what these web sites have to offer. Even though I’m a little biased, I still found some interesting details about carbon...

Egg Products Inspection Act

Egg Products Inspection Act

Feb 11

Although the federal government has some regulations in place for egg inspection, most of the heavy lifting is left up to state and local governments. Soon, though, we may see some welcome changes in that area. Two unlikely partners — the United Egg Producers (producing most of the eggs in the US) and the Humane Society — have teamed up to write some legislature to make egg-laying hens’...

Meatless Mondays

Meatless Mondays

Jan 23

Most of us could use a little less meat in our lives. Of course, it tastes delicious, has unmatchable texture and mouthfeel, and is chewy like no plant-based substance could be. But, despite all that, meat is a huge drain on our farmland, on our fossil fuels, on our environment, and on our hearts and arteries. Giving up meat is a lot more like giving up sugar or smoking than just changing the way...

The Green Bronx Machine

The Green Bronx Machine

Jan 23

Changing the way we eat is more than just being healthy and reducing pollution — it’s an opportunity to build community. We just watched a presentation by Stephen Ritz at the TEDx Manhattan conference “Changing the Way We Eat,” and it’s incredibly hard to remember and describe everything he is doing, but he gave me chills of excitement. He possesses more energy than a...

Real Time Farms

Real Time Farms

Jan 22

There are many things we’d like With Respect For Food to be, but we keep finding great resources that already exist. They just need more people to realize how great they are. One of our most recent finds is Real Time Farms, a site that rather ambitiously endeavors to track ingredients from restaurants to farms. Their database contains restaurants who reveal their sources; farms, ranches and...

Window Farms

Window Farms

Jan 21

Starting a farm is really hard, especially in an urban neighborhood. Starting a garden is easier, but still requires land, time, money and some starting knowledge. But starting a Window Farm? That actually seems pretty easy. This is a great idea for someone who is only renting, or someone who owns but doesn’t have much land. It would also be great in an office window. It’s basically...