Nutrition


A hydroponic garden.

An environmental group called New York Sun Works thinks the rooftops of New York could be used as gardens to provide food for the whole city. To prove their point, they created a garden on a barge on the Hudson River. The barge is a greenhouse that uses solely rain, solar panels, wind turbines and biofuel to subsist. New York Sun Works says that if these ‘hydroponic systems’ with no water or soil were installed on the rooftops of New York, the provided food could feed 20 million people.

Cities like New York growing their own produce would encourage becoming organically inclined and aid the fight against global warming! Having the gardens on the tops of schools could feed the school, and teach lessons in science and horticulture. It would solve the terrible nutrition problems that American cafeterias face! And because space on land is often sought after in cities, what better place to choose for these gardens than the often unused rooftops?

I think this is an extremely exciting and inspiring idea! Think of the changes that this could create in American society– it would be like a tidal wave of health, beauty and tasty organic food! The greenhouses apparently produce seven times more food and they use four times less water than the traditional farm. So many benefits would be in store for New York if they chose to enforce this plan. This is truly one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard– there has to be a city who will do this. Please, someone listen to these wonderful people!

S O U R C E S:
Reuter`s Article

Berkshares, a currency accepted in Great Barrington (Massachusetts) and some neighboring communities, keeps the profit being circulated inside the community. Great Barrington is a unique community that features many organic farms, yoga studios and other such cafes and new age shops. Berkshares have been a hit with the community’s economy, and locals use the bills as almost a form of local pride. The bills allow small businesses to stay alive and compete with large chains that are sprouting up everywhere.

I am delighted to hear that this bill experiment was brought about in such a green-inclined community, and I hope that this currency will encourage other communities to do the same and create their own currencies. I would love to see the organic farms grow because of a change in economy. This seems like a great tool to combat fast food and other restaurant chains with great alternatives to their terrible food.

S O U R C E S:
Reuters’ Article.

Corn Field

In many third world countries the poor cannot afford to eat and therefore are very underweight, but in The United States it is different. This is because the government is subsidizing foods that are used in making high-calorie foods rather than in foods that help people keep the fat off, like fruits and vegetables. This is because the government subsidizes foods like corn, soybeans, and wheat, which are used to get oils and fats to make high-calorie foods.
Recently, several Congressional representatives undertook a “Food Stamp Challenge” in which they spent only 21 dollars a week on food, 3 dollars a day, which is equivalent to what the average person on food stamps lives off of. The Congressmen found that it was very hard to live off so little money and that it was much easier to buy high-calorie foods.
It is expected that there will be a new Food Bill soon and if so a change in the subsidized foods to include more Fruits and Vegetables could do well to further the overall health of the population and take a great step in preventing obesity.

For more information on the food subsidies visit:
The New York Times
For more information about the Senator food challenge please visit:
The Food Stamp Challenge
The Colbert Report

Chicken Eggs

KFC, Kentucky Fried Chicken, in the days of care free eating, before mass food marketing caused an increase in obesity, “Kentucky Fried” would have meant that you were getting a good old down-home cooked meal, but now a-days it means that your getting a one way ticket to an artery clogged heart attack.

But, the ever-adapting mass food industry has come up with a new ploy, following in Suit of the recent New York Ban, KFC has changed frying oils in order to bring home a 0 grams Trans-fat chicken menu. This new reduction of Trans-fat can hopefully not only lead other restaurants to not only change their stores in New York, but their stores Nation wide, like KFC has done.

But, does this eradication of Trans-fat make up for KFC’s undesirable treatment of their chickens? Or is it just a Red Herring to throw everyone away from the issue? As we should praise KFC for getting rid of the Trans-fat we should not lighten up on their need to reform their way of handling Chickens, if we are going to breed them only to die to keep us fat and happy, they might as well enjoy what short life we have given them.

For more information of KFC’s change in Trans-fat visit their website at Kentucky Fried Chicken
For more information on KFC’s harmful treatment of animals please visit Kentucky Fried Cruelty

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A panel of nutrition and health experts, with the support of the Unilever Health Institute, recently concluded that around 21% of calories consumed by Americans after the age of 2 come from beverages. The panel put together a Beverage Guidance System detailing both the health benefits and detractions of popularly consumed drinks from water (the preferred beverage of the panel) to alcohol, coffee, tea, milk and soy milk. Barry Popkin and George Bray, the two authors of the paranoia-inducing high-fructose corn syrup study from a few years ago, are also on this panel.

Here’s a post from one of the guidelines’ authors, Balz Frei, and here’s the New York Times’ take on the story.

Fast Food Nation

Men’s Fitness Magazine has posted its list of the ten fittest and ten fattest cities in the U.S. Albuquerque, Seattle and Colorado Springs top the list of the fittest, while Las Vegas, San Antonio and Miami, Florida get the top of the fattest list rolling. The list was compiled using a survey that looked at lifestyle factors in each city such as fast-food restaurants per capita, availability of gyms or bike paths, commute times, how much television watching Nielsen records and federal health statistics on obesity-related injuries and illnesses.

“I can draw attention to the way we’re living,” says Neal Boulton, editor of the magazine. “There’s a consciousness among mayors that they can motivate the population and go beyond the PR. It’s more than just having a mayor run the marathon. That doesn’t motivate people. What motivates people is starting a Fit City program…it takes action.”

See how your city fits in or doesn’t.

Crisco 1912 6 million french fries will now be healthier for the chomping citizens of the world, Marriott International Hotels, just announced that they would eliminate the use of trans fats from their restaurants around the world. What does that mean for fat, sedantary travelers? Nothing if they stay at Hilton. (Loews and Omni Hotels have both followed suit.)

Brad Nelson, Marriott’s corporate chef, said, “I think it’s things like this that I, as a parent of three kids, agree with and support,” he said. “I think the industry recognizes that there are things like this that can be done to help the overall approach to health.”

Seriously, we all know what trans fats

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