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...

TEDx : Changing the Way We Eat

TEDx : Changing the Way We Eat

Jan 19

On this coming Saturday, January 21, Laura and I will be attending a free web conference at the Winter Park Welcome Center. We will be watching a live video feed from a TEDx conference in Manhattan called “Changing the Way We Eat.” The lineup of speakers is impressive and should prove to be both eye-opening and reassuring. Respect for food really is about changing the way we eat,...

Deep Roots Meat

Deep Roots Meat

Jan 12

Happy meat isn’t just about animal welfare; it’s also about human welfare. I’m talking about community, human interaction, accountability — the difference between anonymity and personality. When I try to find out who raised the animals that provided my meat, I want to see this: What I don’t particularly want to see is this: One of these looks like a good cattle rancher,...

Where to buy local happy meat!

Where to buy local happy meat!

Jan 04

We talk a lot about happy meat from animals raised naturally and humanely. But we are often asked, “Where can I buy happy meat?” Even so long after changing our diet, it’s a hard question to answer off the top of our heads. Part of this is because we haven’t personally ordered meat from most of the out-of-state producers, even though we’ve done the research to make...

Earth’s Pride

Earth’s Pride

Jan 03

Earth’s Pride is BJ’s premium, organic brand. These products bear the USDA Certified Organic label, but there is no information about where the meat and dairy comes from or how the animals were raised. So, for now, we must assume they are not happy products.

Wellshire Farms

Wellshire Farms

Jan 03

The information on the Wellshire Farms website seems to indicate happy animals, but it’s not very detailed or specific, so I corresponded with a representative (Shelly) via e-mail. She was very helpful and offered some great answers that confirm their producers are raising animals with much higher standards than most commercial ranches. Unfortunately, it’s not local (which we greatly...

A happy year for our blog!

A happy year for our blog!

Jan 02

At the close of our first full year committed to eating only happy animals, we’d like to share some stats from our blog. We’ve had no meteoric rise to success, but we’re happy to see that our eagerness to share tips, updates, and information has kept you interested over the last twelve months. Our top five most popular posts in 2011 were: About Us They’re Eating...

Updated Blog Layout

Updated Blog Layout

Dec 31

I’ve been aware for a while that this blog is not that easy to read, not that inviting, and not mobile-friendly. I’m finally working to remedy this, and the result will mean more room for text, much clearer and more meaningful links, and a different layout for mobile devices. While this process is in the works, though, you may see some strange visual effects. You can be sure I’m...

Bison: The other red meat

Bison: The other red meat

Dec 27

I may be late to the party, but I just found out that American Bison (not to be confused with the Asian water buffalo or the African cape buffalo) come with some special regulations by the USDA. Because they were endangered for a while — they were hunted aggressively and are naturally sensitive to climate changes — they have to be pasture-fed and cannot receive hormones or antibiotics....

Making A Difference: WKMG News Segment

Making A Difference: WKMG News Segment

Dec 23

Although we’ve settled into something of a routine recently, neglecting our blog in the process, we are still passionate about our pursuit of happy meat and local food. This morning, a cameraman from WKMG News Channel 6 came to our house to record us talking about why and how we have changed our eating habits. The footage will make up one of their “Making A Difference” segments,...