My computer is currently decomposing. We will be back, with Gusto, soon.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
How much sugar, what kind of sugar, fuck it, it's too confusing.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I have been at this for several months now, and I think I finally have some baseline diet recommendations.
Of all the hubris, bad science, politics, hand-wringing, strident talk of saving lives and etc that went into demonizing saturated fat and cholesterol in the name of reducing the risk of heart disease, the one that gets me the most is this:
Probabilities Pts 2-yr - Men, ages 35-74, chance of CHD event (heart attack or stroke)
0 0% 14 1% 28 17%
2 0% 16 2% 30 24%
4 0% 18 3% 32 32%
6 0% 20 4% 34 43%
8 0% 22 6%
10 1% 24 9%
12 1% 26 12%
Thursday, July 10, 2008
“The purpose of the recordkeeping provision of the Bioterrorism Act was to support going back to the origin of food after people have gotten sick when you are trying to find out how the biological agent got there,” said Michael Taylor, a professor at the George Washington University and a former F.D.A. official. “But the provisions are of little or no value with respect to trace-backs of fresh produce because of the amount of shoe leather and time it would take.”
This is from today's NYtimes which reports on the now 1,000+ people in this country sick from a nefarious salmonella outbreak. The problem is that we cannot find out where the food is coming from. Why? Because nobody knows, and the FDA does not require a label of origin on food.
Last week I ate carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, onions and garlic from Madura Farms, Middletown, NY, and chicken from JohnBoy's Farm, Pound Ridge, NY. I have had sausage and eggs this week for breakfasts, the sausage from Mountain Products Smokehouse, LaGrangeville, NY and the eggs from Tello's (local greenmarket).
If I have any problems I know exactly where each farmer is located and I can go and complain. This kind of transparency separates small farmers from large agribusiness. If John Boy's chicken got me sick he would know about it right away, because I would trek over to Pound Ridge and give him a piece of my mind.
Well, not exactly. But one conservative writer, a philosophy student at Berkeley, has called on conservatives to embrace the Slow Food International ethics for food culture. He talks about a nice old hippy in berkeley who is bringing farming and cooking into her local middle school. I love it when conservatives come around to these kinds of causes, smug bastard that I am.