In recent years, China has become a major food supplier to Europe. But the low-cost goods are grown in an environment rife with pesticides and antibiotics, disproportionately cited for contamination and subject to an inspection regime full of holes. A recent norovirus outbreak in Germany has only heightened worries.
via SPIEGEL ONLINE.
Given that I had limited time to prepare for Christmas this year I decided to make some granola as a gift for my nearest and dearest.
My first ever attempt is this sweet, salty and slightly chewy version which I am sharing with you. Enjoy!
Preheat oven to 180.
3 cups gluten free oats
1 cup coconut chips
1 cup pistachio
1 cup sunflower
1/2 cup almond slices
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 sesame seeds
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 cup coconut oil ( use butter if you wish )
3/4 cup golden or maple syrup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 cup dried mango.
Mix all then bake for 10 mins then turn and bake for 10 more. Turn one last time and bake for 5 more.
Serve with yoghurt or ricotta and fresh fruit.
Meat-lovers beware, you may just be causing the demise of the planet.
According to British economist and top global warming guru Lord Stern of Brentford, going veggie is the new way to go green.
Sure, riding your bike to work and cutting carbon emissions works, too, but it turns out meat production is more to blame for climate change than the transportation industry.
The best way to save the plant is to give up meat, former World Bank chief economist Lord Stern told UK’s The Times
If you aren’t vegetarian or vegan (and sometimes even if you are), ordering a veg-based meal at a restaurant can be downright intimidating. If you order the wrong thing, you may end up sending your meal back and contributing to the 34 million tons of food that is wasted in the U.S. each year.
To make matters even tougher, animal products could be hiding in one of many nooks and crannies in your meal – from beef stock-based sauces to bread glazed with egg.
So, what’s a novice vegan to do? Don’t fret, hungry greenie. Earth911 has you covered. Whether you’ve recently adopted a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle or you simply want to give it a try for a night, here are 10 questions to ask your server before choosing a veg-based meal
Another sector that has yet to feel the full brunt – tourism. This, especially after some vendors in Taiwans iconic night markets have been found to use plasticiser in drinks. Some have already seen business drop in the past week. Mr Li said: “What the Taiwan government should focus on is to build a tracking system for food products sold in the night markets. If not, Taiwans renowned night markets will suffer and this will hurt tourism.”
via Channel NewsAsia.
Eco labels are cluttered, confusing and unreliable.
Organic food gets a tiny slice of the market.
Most shoppers don’t pay much attention to environmental factors. Perhaps understandably so. They’re busy, or ignorant. Or they don’t care.
Which makes me believe that we can’t count on consumers to bring about a sustainable food system.
So, like it or not, that it’s going to be up to business to fix the food system.
via Marc Gunther.
By popular demand (on twitter!):
To say I have been taking the time to make my own almond milk lately wouldalmost be a little lie, the truth is you see, it hardly takes any time at all ( minus the soaking )
Taste the milk before adding any of the Salt, Agave or Vanilla and then add one ingredient at a time and taste it after each addition the first time around to see how you prefer to have your milk… This is for you, you gotta love it! :)
1 cup of almonds
3 cups of water
Himalayan rock salt
Soak almonds in water. I usually do this before heading to bed at night
Wake up and blend almonds with water.
Use a cheese cloth bag or a coconut straining bag to strain the milk out.
Add Salt, Agave syrup and Vanilla to taste.