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Posted by Lisa Carey From gourmet cooks to raw foodists, from homesteaders to those who just want to live a healthier, more Eco-friendly life style, wild edible foods are making it to the menu. There are a variety of reasons for the interest in modern day food foraging. Food foraging, or gathering wild foods, is an idea that is coming back in style.
The 35-year-old chef Jamie Oliver caused quite a stir with an appearance on Letterman’s The Late Show, where for Letterman, Food Revolution may have new meaning. Oliver explained to Dave and his audience that vanilla ice cream contains a product called castoreum. “It comes from rendered beaver anal gland,” said Oliver.
There’s nothing they are leaving untouched: the corn, the okra, the bringe oil, white rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it – it’s strategic.
Not many consumers realize that the FDA does not require genetically modified food to be labeled. That’s because the FDA has decided that you, dear consumer, don’t care if the tomato you’re eating has been cross bred with frog genes to render the tomato more resistant to cold weather. Some consumers may not be concerned with eating Frankenfood, but for those who are, here’s how to determine if the fruits and vegetables you’re buying are (GM) genetically modified. Hat tip to Marion Owen for her valuable information. Here’s how it works: For conventionally grown fruit, (grown with chemicals inputs), the PLU code on the sticker consists of four numbers.
Whether its dioxin in Germany, deadly powdered milk in China or mad cow disease infecting cattle in the UK, green activists in Germany say there's something rotten about industrial food production. Ask a German grocery shopper what a farm looks like and an idyllic landscape generally springs to mind but reality isn't quite as bucolic. Industrial food production resembles a factory production line where the animals are fattened up for slaughter as quickly as possible - usually with imported feed - making it a matter of time until problems arise, according to Johannes Remmel, the Green Party minister for consumer protection the western state North-Rhine Westphalia. "It's a question of testing and regulation, but also, of course, of production systems in the agriculture-industry," he said.
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