The Labels That Actually Tell You If Food Is Healthy

Forget “Fat free”, “Natural” or “Made with real fruit.” Food packages are covered in claims that make you think you’re buying something healthy, but many of those labels are useless to you, the consumer. Here’s how to tell the few helpful labels from their confusing brethren.

Source: The Labels That Actually Tell You If Food Is Healthy

I think the general rule is to cook for yourself.  The reality to how to make a food product that is ubiquitous undermines why it’s food in the first place. You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian, but there is a lot of benefit to be gleaned from the approach to food.

Potential Egg Shortage? Might Have to Shell Out

A new regulation is set to take effect in California at the beginning of next year that will force hen houses to allocate significantly more room to each egg-laying chicken.

Birds, long afforded a minimum of only 67 square inches a piece, will now need roughly 116 square inches—a more than 70 percent increase—if eggs are to be sold in the state. That extra space won’t come free of charge, a cost that will almost certainly fall on consumers.

Egg prices could jump by as much as 20 percent in California as a result of the the new rules, Dermot J. Hayes, an agribusiness professor at Iowa State University in Ames, told Bloomberg.

Source: California could be on the verge of a severe egg shortage, and it will affect the whole country

It will be interesting to see if history repeats itself, given the result of similar regulations in Europe.  Speaking from local perspective, farms don’t make money.  To put it another way – do you know any wealthy farmers?  They’re as rare as hen’s teeth 😉

Got Lab Grown Milk? It’s Humane and Sustainable

The world’s first test-tube hamburger has already been synthesized and cooked at a cost of more than $300,000. Now a pair of young bioengineers in Silicon Valley are trying to produce the first glass of artificial milk, without a cow and with the help of genetically engineered yeast.

Like the creators of in vitro burgers, the scientists behind yeast-culture dairy are concerned about animal welfare and agricultural sustainability—but also about creating a food that will find a mass market.

Source: Milk Grown in a Lab Is Humane and Sustainable. But Can It Catch On?

(Only) Two Rules for a Good Diet

Yet every day I’m asked, “How do I know that what I’m buying is O.K.?” It seems the better educated and more concerned people are about this, the more confused they are. Drill deep enough and the list to worry about becomes overwhelming: organics, genetically modified organisms, carbon footprint, packaging, fair trade, waste, labor, animal welfare and for all I know the quality of the water that’s being used to wash your organic greens.

Source: (Only) Two Rules for a Good Diet

It’s very similar to a previous post: Most Diets Boil Down to: Eat More Vegetables

Study: Plants Know When They’re Being Eaten Alive

We’ve been hearing for decades about the complex intelligence of plants; last year’s excellent New Yorker piece is a good place to start, if you want to learn more about the subject. But a new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri, managed to figure out one new important element: plants can tell when they’re being eaten, and they don’t like it.

Source: Plants Can Tell When They’re Being Eaten

The issue has also been covered in this AsapScience video “Can Plants Think?” (3:44 minutes).  Response to stimuli might be misconstrued as intelligence, but both sources demonstrate that the action is for protection and self-preservation.  This information makes it difficult to stomach those who rally to “Meat is Murder”, as if the death of an animal is different than a plant.  The idea that if something isn’t cute, fluffy and/or squealing for it’s life – it doesn’t rate is a very weak position to take.

I agree that we can and should be eating more plants and vegetables.  Just not entirely.