Nearly 50 Percent of All US Meat is Contaminated with Superbugs

April 19, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A new analysis by the Environmental Working Group has found that close to 50 percent of supermarket meat products in the US are tainted with so-called superbugs—strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These bacteria are not only responsible for food-borne illnesses (such as E. coli), and other infections but are also tied to the spread of resistance to antibiotics in humans. The reason for this incredibly high presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in meat? It has something to do with the 30 million pounds of antibiotics sold for use in US livestock in 2011 alone. Read the rest of Nearly 50 Percent of All US Meat is Contaminated with Superbugs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal cruelty , Animals , antibiotics , antibiotics animals , e.coli , Environmental Working Group , ewg , farming drugs , food health , livestock , meat industry , MRSA , pharmaceuticals , salmonella , superbugs. food poisoning        

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Veggie Comfort Food: 14 Filling, Warming Recipes

November 7, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Food & Health . ] There’s nothing like a steaming bowl of hearty soup, stew or casserole straight from the oven on a cold day. But this kind of warming comfort food doesn’t have to contain meat to be filling and satisfying. These 14 vegetarian comfort food recipes for fall and winter, many based on traditional dishes from all over the world, will fill your home with delicious smells and your belly with nutritious, meat-free food that really hits the spot. Henri’s French Onion Soup (image via: the curvy carrot ) Rich, cheesy and infinitely comforting, french onion soup is readily available in many restaurants, but it nearly always contains beef broth. Try this hot and delicious vegetarian version , which gets plenty of flavor from onions caramelized in butter, plus white wine and thyme. Baked Eggplant Parmesan (image via: martha stewart ) Get a hearty texture without the meat using thick slices of eggplant, a porous vegetable that absorbs flavor like a sponge. Martha Stewart’s recipe for baked eggplant parmesan eliminates the fatty frying, layering baked breaded eggplant in a casserole dish with tomato sauce and cheese. Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna (image via: martha stewart ) Butternut squash is a hallmark of fall and winter, with deep orange flesh that is creamy and slightly sweet when baked, sauteed, roasted or grilled. Try it in a hot seasonal lasagna with sage and nutmeg (substituting vegetable broth for the chicken broth called for in the recipe.) Veggie Dumpling Stew (image via: eating with the robertsons ) Who needs chicken? The dumplings are the star of this show, anyway. Dough made vegan by virtue of plant-based margarine and soymilk is simmered in broth with onions, garlic, carrots, celery and sage in this meat-free version of the classic cold-weather comfort dish. In-a-Hurry Tamale Pie (image via: eatliverun ) Need a hot vegetarian meal that you can make in a flash? In-a-Hurry Tamale Pie by Eat Live Run lines a pan with sliced polenta covered in pinto beans, corn, salsa and cheese for a meal that’s done in 30 minutes with minimal effort. Curried Black Bean, Coconut & Sweet Potato Soup (image via: keep it simple foods ) Black beans, coconut and curry? It may sound like a strange combination, but this soup recipe is absolutely heavenly, with just enough spice to kick the chill out of your bones. Garlic, cayenne pepper, ginger root and cilantro boost the flavor even further for a final product that’s hard to forget. Vegetarian Posole (image via: the kitchn ) Known in the South as hominy, dried maize mote is soaked corn kernels that are used in soups and stews in whole form, or ground up into grits. The classic Mexican dish of posole uses hominy as a main ingredient in addition to chilies, beans, tomatoes and, typically, pork, chicken or turkey. But the dish is just as delicious when you skip the meat, as proven by this vegetarian posole recipe from The Kitchn . Pueblo Corn Pie (image via: ezra poundcake ) Adapted from a Native American recipe, this recipe for Pueblo Corn Pie by Nava Atlas is an ideal addition to the vegetarian Thanksgiving table. Layers of bean chili, cheddar cheese and cornmeal make for a well-rounded dish that’s hearty enough to eat on its own. Pumpkin Chili Empanadas (image via: vegan yack attack ) No fall vegetarian feast is complete without pumpkin in some form, and these pumpkin chili empanadas are not only cute and convenient finger-foods, they’re also a novel way to get more of that pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin chili flavored with jalapeno, bell peppers and smoked paprika is simply scooped into rounds of dough, shaped and baked. Cut cute pumpkin faces into the pies to make them perfect party hors d’oeuvres. Vegetarian Moussaka (image via: homemade-recipes ) Bulgur wheat stands in for ground beef in this vegetarian take on Greek moussaka . Layers of allspice and clove-scented eggplant and diced tomatoes are slathered in béchamel sauce and covered in Romano cheese. Vegetarian Green Chili (image via: pink parsley ) Chili nearly always contains red beans and tomatoes – but not this vegetarian green chili recipe , which swaps them out for edamame and avocado. Packed with protein and healthy fats, this dish is warming without being sinful. Mushroom Turnovers (image via: martha stewart ) Another delicious hand-held hot vegetarian snack for fall uses nothing more than salted mushrooms, onion, olive oil and frozen puff pastry. For this mushroom turnover recipe , use any variety of mushrooms you like – mild button mushrooms, meaty portobellas or exotic morels – and serve with sour cream or plain greek yogurt. Vegetarian Gumbo (image via: chocolate chip trips ) Nothing says Louisiana like a steaming bowl of gumbo. While this classic dish – found in either Creole or spicier Cajun varieties – usually contains shellfish, most vegetarians will find that it tastes just as good without it if you’ve got the right recipe. The secret is really in the roux. Learn how to make it the right way first, then try this recipe . Veggie Paella (image via: herbivoracious ) This simple one-pan dish skips the seafood usually associated with paella, focusing on the deliciousness of veggies like green beans and artichokes. Paella is a traditional Spanish dish made up of saffron-infused short-grain rice and diced tomatoes, cooked in a skillet until the rice is tender and the bottom is cooked into a crust. Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: 15 Hearty, Affordable Vegan Recipes To Make You Go Mmmm Autumn is when we start craving heartier, bone-warming foods. These 15 vegan recipes are perfect for cooler days and nights, and they’re cruelty-free to boot. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» 15 Deliciously Simple Veggie Thanksgiving Recipes These vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving recipes are so good you’ll have your friends eating off your plate. 5 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» How to Go Vegetarian: 12 Must-Have Pantry Essentials Interested in going vegetarian or vegan for the first time, or just want to build a healthier pantry? Stock up on these 12 meat-free, dairy-free essentials. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Food & Health . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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Gnocchi Mac n’ Cheese

October 26, 2011 by  
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© Jerry James Stone via Flickr Mac n’ cheese is somewhat of a guilty pleasure, no? Like, it almost feels wrong to eat it once you no longer live in the college dormitory; I said almost! But it is one of my favorite comfort foods and I do not plan to give it up anytime soon. Well, this recipe makes the dish feel a bit more “grown up” if you will. So, go get your comfort on with a nicely chilled glass of Chardonnay. The variety has just the right amount of acid to stand up to the creaminess of the cheese sauce. Pinot noir is another good choice…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with Jalape?o-Raspberry Sauce

October 25, 2011 by  
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© Jerry James Stone via Flickr I just can’t get enough of the jalape?o-raspberry jam from Ann’s Raspberry. The Good Food Award winner has mastered a perfect balance between sweet and spicy that leaves you wanting more and more. So I couldn’t help myself, I had to create one last recipe with it. Enjoy this dessert with a bottle of Moscato d’Asti. A light and bubbly relative to Asti Spumante, the wine has a vibrant acidity that will contrast and enhanc… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Wretched Excess, Packaging Dept: Collingwood Whisky’s Flat Bottle And Plastic Top

October 24, 2011 by  
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Lloyd Alter/ CC BY 2.0 We’re big fans of local food and artisan products, so when I heard about a whisky made in Collingwood, Ontario, where I have snowboarded for years, I had to try it out. It is not bad stuff, has a nice touch of maple in it. The problem is the packaging. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Giant Amoebae Discovered in Mariana Trench (Video)

October 24, 2011 by  
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National Geographic Society Remote Imaging Dropcam /via Deep sea researchers have caught footage of the most unlikely and extreme of creatures: giant amoebas. Using specially-rigged untethered landers or “dropcams,” the team spotted these mysterious single-celled organisms earlier this summer in the planet’s deepest known region, the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Judge Rules Against the Corn Processors in "Corn Sugar" Case

October 23, 2011 by  
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Photo: KB35 I wrote in May that the Western Sugar Cooperative was one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the sugar refiners for misleading consumers in calling HFCS corn sugar. A federal judge recently ruled that the lawsuit must go through, according to a press release from the Sugar Association . According to U.S. District Judge Consuel… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Proof of Global Domination By a Few Corporations

October 23, 2011 by  
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Image: The network of global corporate control , Vitali, et. al. A Few Companies Have Power Over Most of the Real Economy The idea that the few dominate the many will not come as news to those gathered either to occupy wall street or to occupy everywhere . Bu… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Plant-Based Proteins Power Up To-Go Salads

October 23, 2011 by  
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This Cranberry Wheat Protein Boost Salad provides a real meal deal. On the go without time for brown bagging it? Try these energy-efficient salads: I recently discovered the PowerMeal salad–lots of leafy greens, plus protein and organic ingredients – from sesame seeds to dried cranberries to soy oil. When I needed a take-out lunch, rather than grab a sandwich or a power-bar to tide me over, I’ve tried one of Earthbound Farm’ s new complete salads. It fits my

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Liberated Battery Hens Find a New Home in Prison

October 20, 2011 by  
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Photo: bhwt It’s the “only in Britain” category for this one… The British Hen Welfare Trust has proudly announced that it has rescued 20 battery hens and “re-homed” them in a high security prison for women. The jailbirds will live at the prison as part of a garden programme offering educational and therapeutic projects to the inmates. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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