Jo Robinson Essay Series: Confused About Fat? Choose Grassfed!

Confused About Fat? Choose Grassfed! by Jo Robinson                                In my Grandma’s day, there was no such thing as a bad fat. All fat was “good” simply because it tasted good. My Grandma fried her eggs in bacon grease, added bacon grease to her cakes and pancakes, made her pie crusts from lard, and served butter with her homemade bread. My grandmother was able to thrive on all that saturated fat—but not my grandfather. He suffered from angina and died from heart failure at a relatively young age. My grandfather wasn’t alone. Population studies from the first half of the 20th century showed that Americans in general had a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease than people from other countries, especially Japan, Italy and Greece. Was all that saturated fat to blame? The Japanese were eating very little fat of any kind, while the people of the Mediterranean were swimming in olive oil, an oil that is very low in saturated fat but high in monounsaturated oils. So, in the 1960s, word came from on high that we should cut back on the butter, cream, eggs and red meat. But, interestingly, the experts did not advise us to switch to an ultra-low fat diet like the Japanese, nor to use monounsaturated oils like the Greeks or Italians. Instead, we were advised to replace saturated fat with polyunsaturated oils—primarily corn oil and safflower. Never mind the fact that no people in the history of this planet had ever eaten large amounts of this type of oil. It was deemed “the right thing to do.” Why? First of all, the United States...

Headlines 6/27/12

There are many communities, families and homes being impacted by the wildfires here in Colorado.  Please keep those folks and the brave firefighters in your thoughts. Here are the headlines for this week: UN Report from Rio on Global Environment a “Suicide Note” –  “The final statement from Rio,“The Future We Want,” is 283 paragraphs of kumbaya that “affirm,” “recognize,” “underscore,” “urge” and “acknowledge” seemingly every green initiative and environmental problem from water crises and creeping deserts to climate change and overfishing. Women’s rights, indigenous peoples, children, mining, tourism, trade unions and the elderly also get shout-outs in the document.  The word “reaffirm” is used 60 times.”  Pretty weak stuff.  Contrast that with this sentiment: “We can do this ourselves. We saw in the myriad Rio+20-related announcements from countries, communities and companies around the globe that they were taking action themselves — irrespective of any United Nations document. We heard it from the young people who spoke at Rio+20 — sometimes through tears and with cracking voices — about the fears they have for the world we’re leaving for them. The fact that 50,000 people came to Rio and that hundreds of thousands more participated virtually through technologies like YouTube and Twitter made that loud and clear. The incredible energy and the enthusiasm they demonstrated is only a hint of what individuals can do.” Relief in Every Window, but Global Worry Too – as demand for air conditioning grows in developing nations, so do the use of chemicals responsible for global warming.  Sounds like the very definition of “vicious cycle.” Contentious Bird Flu Research is Published – I still...

Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food Part 4

In this video series, Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, is interviewed by Deborah Kane of the nonprofit organization Ecotrust about his book In Defense of Food and the idea of “real food.” This interview provides and introduction to a talk at the Bagdad Theater in Portland,...

Vote for our friends at MALPACA!

Our good friends over at MALPACA needs your help! Thanks to a program sponsored by Chase and LivingSocial called Mission: Small Business℠, your support could translate into a $250,000 grant. But they need at least 250 votes at www.missionsmallbusiness.com . MALPACA is a company that we here at Nourish The Planet applaud!  MALPACA produces sustainable and healthy pillows. Their products have been featured on sites such as the Daily Gromet their products are unsurpassed in quality and sustainability. Help them receive 250 votes on the Mission: Small Business℠ page to get closer to qualifying for a $250,000 Grant. After clicking “Log in & Support” and logging in using Facebook on the home page (www.missionsmallbusiness.com ) in the lower right hand corner, search for Malpaca and...

Webinar with Ann Cooper Tonight!!

We have Chef Ann Cooper, a former high end chef in New York who is now dedicated to making sure our kids have quality food in schools. Ann is truly on the front lines in the fight to help our kids eat healthy, nutritious, local foods!   You will definitely not want to miss our talk with her!! It’s happening this Tuesday night and, as always, it’s 100% FREE! but… WE WILL FILL UP! You must register now…   Click the link below to reserve your seat now:...