From growing your own food to harnessing alternative energy, many Americans are taking their most crucial necessities into their own hands. Living “off the grid,” also called “homesteading” is gaining momentum around the country. It’s not just because people are fed up with corporate-run systems, either. Food tastes better when it’s grown in your garden; reducing utility needs can save you bundles and is better for the environment. But how much can you really unplug from the system?
Hopefully by now, you’ve likely carted in and cooked a few bountiful vegetable harvests from your garden. If you’ve tired of crisp salads and grown weary of your veggie standbys, it may be time to invest in a few vegetable cookbooks. The following vegetable-centric cookbooks are great for vegetarians, vegans, meat eaters, and cooks. Seriously! There’s something for everyone!
Perfect for a light supper or a special lunch, this salad can be prepared quickly just before serving, or the salmon, potatoes and asparagus can be prepared up to a day ahead, then combined with the dressing at the last minute.
When Jacqueline Smith, co-owner and farmer at Green Dirt Farm, was a teenager, she vowed to stop eating meat. Smith’s culinary change of heart wasn’t rooted in cliché teen angst, though. She ceased eating meat to boycott the industrial farm system. While Smith’s passion for sustainable farming remains strong, she dropped her personal boycott long ago. Smith now co-owns and operates Green Dirt Farm, a community-based farm specializing in sheep’s milk cheeses and 100 percent grass-fed lamb in Weston, MO. We recently interviewed Smith and asked her why she became a farmer, why she strives to keep her farm’s product standards high and practices sustainable, and what she has planned for Green Dirt in the near future.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network has sent a letter to the Surgeon General urging the USDA to investigate the connection between sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas and America’s growing rates of cancer. http://dlvr.it/1qKXQn
Soup doesn’t usually jive with summertime. That is, unless you consider a cold soup, which can be the most refreshing way to begin a summer dinner party, or a perfect main on its own, accompanied with fresh bread, for lunch or a light supper. While there are many cold soups out there, there’s nothing easier or more delicious – especially for those with a kitchen garden – than the Andaluz classic gazpacho.
The quest for a “safe” tan is not a new one. Ever since the link between skin cancer and sun over-exposure was established, not to mention the aging effects, those of us seeking the brown without the burn have often turned to self tanners. Since the 1970s, from the ever so orange hue of Coppertone’s QT to today’s very sophisticated salon procured spray tan, we’ve been getting our glow on sans sunlight with the help of a chemical called Dihydroxyacetone, or DHA for short (not to be confused with Docosahexaenoic Acid, a beneficial Omega-3 fatty acid found in cold water fish like salmon).
Challenging the claims by the biotech industry that genetically modified foods are safe for human health and the environment, a new report presents evidence to the contrary and stirs up controversy, as its authors are genetic engineers themselves. http://dlvr.it/1q6xxw
In efforts to raise money for local dairy farmers, New England states have partnered on a campaign that asks area colleges, universities and other institutions including the Vermont-based ice cream shop Ben & Jerry’s to charge more for milk. The “extra” money is being routed to the region’s struggling dairy farmers to help them stay in business. http://dlvr.it/1q09KW
A new report details plans by the genetically modified soybean industry to expand its livestock feeding of GMO soybeans to the massive amounts of aquaculture fish raised in open ocean pens located in federal waters. While soy is already being fed to some farmed fish, if this happens to the scale the industry hopes, it could mean devastating consequences for the world’s oceans and consumer health, reports Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe, the organizations behind the report. http://dlvr.it/1ppbNZ
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