The food we eat isn’t what we think it is, new book shows

August 3, 2016 by  
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Inaccurate food labeling is a rampant problem in America. That Kobe steak you ordered? Unless you’re at one of three U.S. restaurants to whom Japan sells the rare beef, it’s probably a cheaper cut. That white tuna sushi you crave? It could actually be escolar, otherwise known as “Ex-Lax fish.” Journalist Larry Olmsted shows just how prolifically the food industry lies in his new book released this month, Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do about It . To research for Real Food/Fake Food , Olmsted traveled around the world, hitting up Alaska, Italy, and Japan (to name a few countries) in a quest for the truth about what we’re eating. He found items as common as honey, rice, and coffee as well as more exotic items like Kobe beef are often either cut with other ingredients or, in some cases, substituted with cheaper food items pretending to be the real thing. Related: Michael Moss Investigates How Junk Food Is Engineered to Be Addictive Let’s take the example of extra-virgin olive oil . Often other oils like soybean oil or peanut oil are added to olive oil, but they’re not listed under the ingredients. And if the bottle says “pure” on it, it’s probably not a good buy; that misleading label actually means the olive oil is the lowest grade it can be. The mislabeling issue doesn’t end with the food industry. According to Olmsted, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knows about some of the mislabeling. He wrote, “They’re not clueless. They know…They say they don’t have the budget.” We can’t exactly swear off eating food, so Olmsted offered tips of what to look for in his book. In the case of olive oil, there are a few more trustworthy labels. The California Olive Oil Council’s “COOC – Certified Extra Virgin” label can be trusted, as can UNAPROL and EVA labels, said Olmsted. Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), and Alaska Seafood: Wild, Natural, Sustainable logos can help you find quality seafood. Olmsted wrote, “The good news is that there is plenty of healthful and delicious Real Food. You just have to know where to look.” + Real Food Fake Food Via the New York Post Images via PublicDomainPictures.net and Pixabay

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Dr. Cow Opens a Flagship Vegan Cheese Shop in Brooklyn

May 7, 2014 by  
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New Yorkers now have a new place to pick up delicious vegan cheeses and other animal-free treats! Popular nut cheese purveyor Dr. Cow recently cut the ribbon on its new flagship shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition to the NY-based company’s artisanal cheeses, the new storefront offers organic granola, vegan cheesecakes, chocolate truffles and other cruelty-free delicacies. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dairy free food , dr cow , dr cow cheese , dr cow store , Dr. Cow Nut Cheese store , eco design , green design , raw food new york , sustainable design , vegan brooklyn , vegan cheese , vegan williamsburg

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Canada’s Glacier Skywalk Boasts Stunning Views and a Near-Zero Footprint

May 7, 2014 by  
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Florida Fishermen Stumble Across a Horror from the Deep – the Rare Goblin Shark

May 7, 2014 by  
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A fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico got more than he bargained for when hauling in a shrimp net last month: a shark so rare that only a few have ever been spotted and a face so hideous only a mother could love it. The goblin shark, sometimes called a living fossil because it is the last surviving species of the Mitsukurinidae family, lives deep under water and has a long, ultra-sensitive snout hiding a mouth full of knife-like teeth. No one has seen one for at least 10 years, so it’s no wonder that when the fishermen discovered the prehistoric-looking beast in their net, they scratched their heads, snapped a picture and then threw the thing back into the deep. Read the rest of Florida Fishermen Stumble Across a Horror from the Deep – the Rare Goblin Shark Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Goblin shark , goblin shark Carl Moore , goblin shark caught , goblin shark caught alive , goblin shark caught by fishermen , goblin shark Gulf of Mexico , goblin shark living fossil , goblin shark located , gulf of mexico fishing , Gulf of Mexico shrimp , living fossils , Mitsukurinidae family , rare animals , rare shark , unusual sea animals , unusual sea creatures

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Barnyard Restaurant by Brinkworth Brings the Farm to London Dining

May 7, 2014 by  
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Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray

May 7, 2014 by  
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Industrial design consultancy MAP just saved Virgin Atlantic millions of dollars in fuel costs by simply redesigning the airline’s in-flight meal tray. By streamlining the tray’s design, the British firm has helped Virgin cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The new design breaks up the meal into a main course followed by dessert and coffee, saving on packaging materials. Read the rest of Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , Climate Change , eco design , fuel efficiency , Fuel efficiency airplane , global warming , green design , MAP Project Office , social design , sustainable design , virgin atlantic , Virgin’s new food trays

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DIY Recipe: How to Make Raw Vegan Cashew Cheese

March 24, 2013 by  
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Cheese ranks near the top of the list of animal products that vegans have a hard time letting go of, but there are several yummy and nutritious vegan substitutes. One of our favorite types of non-dairy cheese is raw vegan cashew cheese, which is easy to make and healthy. The versatile cheese that is great on pasta, as the filling of ravioli, or even as a dip for crackers and veggie sticks. Head over to Inhabitots to learn how to make your own batch of cashew cheese in just a few simple steps! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cashew cheese , cashew cheese recipe , cashews , Cheese , dairy-free cheese , healthy cheese , raw cashew cheese , raw cheese , vegan cheese

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Nike Partners with Bluesign to Improve Sustainability of its Textiles

March 24, 2013 by  
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This week, Nike announced that it will be partnering with Bluesign , the Swiss standard bearer for sustainable textiles. According to the apparel giant, the partnership will “accelerate the supply of sustainable materials and chemistries” for use in Nike products. The agreement will enable Nike’s global supply chain, which spans nearly 50 countries and more than 800 contracted factories, to access Bluesign’s key assessment tools and data at an “unprecedented scale and pace.” READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bluesign , eco textiles , eco-fashion , green fashion , Nike , Nike partners with Bluesign , nike sustainability , sustainable clothes , sustainable fashions , Sustainable Textiles

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Cheese-Powered Dragster Breaks a Land Speed Record in Utah

October 2, 2012 by  
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A team of Utah State University researchers have set a land speed record in their class with a dragster powered by a specially-developed biodiesel . The Aggie A-Salt Streamliner runs on yeast biodiesel derived from the industrial waste of cheese production . However despite its dairy-based origins, the hot rod performed impressively at the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association ’s 2012 World of Speed event and broke the land speed record in its class of one-liter engine vehicles. Read the rest of Cheese-Powered Dragster Breaks a Land Speed Record in Utah Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aggie A-Salt Streamliner , biodiesel , biodiesel vehicle , biofuel , Cheese , cheese biofuel , cheese fuel , dragster , green vehicle , speed record , Utah , utah salt flats , utah state , Utah State University

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Kraft Foods Hits Zero Waste at 36 Plants

February 6, 2012 by  
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Kraft Foods, maker of the iconic Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinner and other food and beverage products, announced last week that 36 of its manufacturing facilities in 13 countries send no waste to landfill. “We’re waging war on waste,…

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